Guterres: We Cannot Prevent Genocide in Gaza

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. (Photo: via Facebook)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

UN has neither money nor power to prevent genocide in Gaza, UN chief Antonio Guterres said. 

The United Nations has neither the funds nor the power to prevent a potential genocide in the Gaza Strip, but a solution to the crisis might be found on the UN platform, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at a conference in New York organized by Reuters.

“(We have) no power, no money, but a voice and a platform where people can (bring) together governments, civil society, businesses, and at least try to find ways to address the dramatic problems of our time,” Guterres said.

His comments were a response to a question about what levers the UN had at its disposal to stop a potential genocide in the Gaza Strip.

Earlier, Libya’s Permanent Representative to the UN Taher El-Sonni said at a UN Security Council meeting that without taking action and holding those responsible for the Gaza crisis accountable, the international community may see a genocide rivaling Rwanda in the 1990s.

Israel has, thus far, killed over 10,569 – including 4,324 children and 2,823 women – and wounded 26,475. Palestinian Ministry of Health reports and international organizations say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.

Despite a massive Israeli military buildup around the Gaza borders and sporadic infiltrations on the outskirts of the besieged Strip, Palestinian Resistance continues to repel Israeli attacks.

To justify its military failure, the Israeli army continues to pound civilian homes throughout the Gaza Strip with new massacres reported everywhere in the besieged enclave.

Gaza has been under a tight Israeli military siege since 2007, following a democratic election in occupied Palestine, the results of which were rejected by Tel Aviv and Washington. 


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