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UN chief Guterres distressed by full Israeli siege on Gaza

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UN chief Guterres distressed by full Israeli siege on Gaza

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed concern about Israel’s announcement to impose a full blockade on the Gaza Strip amid ongoing tensions.

Guterres mentioned Defense Minister Yoav Gallant’s announcement that Israel will halt all provides of electrical energy, meals and gas will solely exacerbate what was already a dire humanitarian state of affairs within the coastal Palestinian territory.

“The humanitarian situation in Gaza was extremely dire before these hostilities; now it will only deteriorate exponentially,” Guterres advised reporters on the U.N.’s New York City headquarters. “Medical equipment, food, fuel and other humanitarian supplies are desperately needed, along with access for humanitarian personnel.”

The U.N. chief emphasised that the most recent bout of violence “does not come in a vacuum,” and as a substitute “grows out of a long-standing conflict, with a 56-year-long occupation and no political end in sight.”

“Israel must see its legitimate needs for security materialized – and Palestinians must see a clear perspective for the establishment of their own state realized,” Guterres mentioned.

“Only a negotiated peace that fulfills the legitimate national aspirations of Palestinians and Israelis, together with their security alike – the long-held vision of a two-state solution, in line with United Nations resolutions, international law and previous agreements – can bring long-term stability to the people of this land and the wider Middle East region,” he added.

Hamas launched Operation Al-Aqsa Flood in opposition to Israel early Saturday, firing a barrage of rockets and infiltrating Israel by land, air and sea. It mentioned the shock assault was in response to the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, and elevated settler violence in opposition to Palestinians.

In retaliation, the Israeli navy launched Operation Swords of Iron in opposition to Hamas within the Gaza Strip, killing no less than 560 Palestinians and wounding no less than 2,900 others.

At least 800 Israelis have been killed, and over 2,300 others wounded within the preventing, in keeping with the Israeli Health Ministry.

The Interior Ministry in Gaza mentioned the Israeli military has “intensified its aggression” on Gaza with lots of of raids. The Israeli military mentioned it had struck over 500 targets in in a single day raids on Gaza, which they claimed had been targets belonging to the Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

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