Infostani International: UN Secretary-General António Guterres urgently called for a ceasefire in Gaza, citing escalating violence over the past 100 days. He expressed deep concern over civilian casualties, emphasized the need for emergency aid and prisoner releases, and urged compliance with Security Council resolutions. Guterres also addressed the volatile situation across the Blue Line, condemned events impacting Israel-Lebanon relations, and acknowledged challenges faced by aid workers.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres Calls for Immediate Humanitarian Ceasefire in Gaza Amid Escalating Violence
António Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, has stressed the pressing requirement for a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, as violence has continued to escalate for over 100 days.
He issued a warning on Monday evening, urging the containment of wider war flames as the conflict in Gaza persists and emphasizing the increasing risk of escalation and miscalculation. He called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire to ensure a continuous supply of emergency aid and facilitate prisoner releases.
Guterres observed that the Israeli forces’ onslaught on Gaza over the past 100 days has resulted in unprecedented levels of civilian killings and wholesale destruction. He highlighted that the majority of those killed are women and children, stating that there is no justification for the collective punishment of the Palestinian people.
Expressing the need to end hostilities, he emphasized the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza, describing it as beyond words and stressing that nowhere and no one is safe. Guterres expressed serious concern about daily exchanges of fire across the Blue Line, warning of a potential broader escalation affecting regional stability. He called for an end to playing with fire across the Blue Line, urging de-escalation and compliance with relevant Security Council resolutions.
Escalating Tensions in Israel-Lebanon Border: Guterres Reports Consequences of Blue Line Drone Strike and Urges Action
Referring to the border demarcation between Israel and Lebanon, established by the United Nations in 2000, Guterres reported that Israel’s drone strike across the Blue Line earlier this month led to regular clashes. He noted tens of thousands of people displaced by the fighting in northern Israel and southern Lebanon, with constrained humanitarian access in Lebanon posing risks to regional stability.
Condemning the October 7 raids by Hamas, Guterres called for the immediate and unconditional release of Israeli prisoners and a thorough investigation into alleged sexual violence. Highlighting challenges faced by aid workers due to ongoing Israeli bombardment and restrictions at the Gaza border, he stated that effective humanitarian aid delivery is hindered, endangering the lives of both recipients and providers. He also mentioned that since October 7, 152 UN staff members have been killed in Gaza, marking the largest single loss of life in UN history.