In a heartfelt appeal to the Executive Council of the World Health Organization (WHO), a United Nations agency, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged for an immediate ceasefire and "a genuine solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." Ghebreyesus described the conditions in Gaza as "hellish," amidst the ongoing Israeli aggression.
Reflecting on the situation in Gaza, where over 25,000 people have been martyred in the conflict, Ghebreyesus's emotions were palpable.
He shared his personal experiences with war, recounting his time as a child during the 1998-2000 border war between Ethiopia and Eritrea, where he had to hide in a bunker with his children amidst the bombings.
Speaking at the WHO's Geneva headquarters during a discussion on the health emergency in Gaza, Ghebreyesus stated, "I am a firm believer, due to my own experiences, that war brings not solutions but more war, more hatred, more suffering, and more destruction. Therefore, let us choose peace and seek a political resolution."
He added, "Many of you have spoken about a two-state solution and the like, and I am hopeful that this war will end and transition to a real solution."
Ghebreyesus concluded his speech, visibly overwhelmed, describing the current situation as "beyond words."
This emotional plea from the head of the WHO highlights the urgent need for a peaceful resolution to the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict, emphasizing the catastrophic impact of war on human lives and health.