Guterres worried about Israel launching military operation in Rafah

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the situation in Gaza is worsening and famine and disease are harming Palestinians in addition to death and destruction.

Guterres expressed concern over reports that Israeli forces intend to focus on Rafah in southern Gaza in the next phase of its offensive on the Palestinian Strip.

“Such a move would worsen what is already a humanitarian nightmare and have untold regional consequences,” he told the 193-member UN General Assembly.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations said that the situation in Gaza is a wound in our collective consciousness and a threat to the entire region, and half of Gaza's population is now trapped in Rafah, with no place to go, no home. . Hope.

He stressed that what he described as the horrific terrorist attacks carried out by Hamas on Israel on October 7 cannot be justified in any way, just as there can be no justification for collectively punishing the Palestinian people Not there. However, Israeli military operations resulted in destruction and deaths in Gaza. The scale and pace since becoming General Secretary is unparalleled.

The UN official once again called for an immediate ceasefire on humanitarian grounds and the unconditional release of detainees in Gaza.

He said, “It is time for an immediate ceasefire on humanitarian grounds and the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages. This requires quickly pursuing irreversible measures towards a two-state solution based on UN resolutions, international law and previous agreements.” should be increased.”

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