‘More Than Humanitarian Crisis. It is Crisis of Humanity.’ – Guterres on Gaza War

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. (Photo: UN website)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

‘The nightmare in Gaza is more than a humanitarian crisis. It is a crisis of humanity,’ he said on Monday.

Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres continued to call for an immediate ceasefire as the death toll among Palestinian civilians in Gaza has exceeded 10,000. 

Reiterating a phrase used by UNICEF spokesman James Elder on October 31, Guterres told reporters in the UN headquarters in New York that Gaza has become a “graveyard for children”.

Over 4,800 Palestinian children have been killed since the start of the Israeli war on Gaza a month ago, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

“Hundreds of girls and boys are reportedly being killed and injured every day,” Guterres said.

These are excerpts from Guterres’ statement: 

“More journalists have reportedly been killed over a four-week period than in any conflict in at least three decades.

“More United Nations aid workers have been killed than in any comparable period in the history of our organization.

“The unfolding catastrophe makes the need for a humanitarian ceasefire more urgent with every passing hour.

“The parties to the conflict – and, indeed, the international community – face an immediate and fundamental responsibility: to stop this inhumane collective suffering and dramatically expand humanitarian aid to Gaza.

“(Israeli strikes have targeted) hospitals, refugee camps, mosques, churches and UN facilities, including shelters. 

“The nightmare in Gaza is more than a humanitarian crisis .. It is a crisis of humanity.”

Death Toll 

Israel has, thus far, killed over 10,022 Palestinians in Gaza, including 4,800 children and 2,550 women, and wounded more than 25,000. 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. 

(The Palestine Chronicle) 

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