UN chief calls for 'immediate' Gaza ceasefire, captives release

AFP , Sunday 12 May 2024

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday urged an immediate halt to the war in Gaza, the return of captives and a "surge" in humanitarian aid to the besieged Palestinian territory.

File photo- United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Antonio Guterres .AFP


"I repeat my call, the world's call for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, the unconditional release of all hostages and an immediate surge in humanitarian aid," Guterres said in a video address to an international donors' conference in Kuwait.

"But a ceasefire will only be the start. It will be a long road back from the devastation and trauma of this war", he added.

"The war in Gaza is causing horrific human suffering, devastating lives, tearing families apart and rendering huge numbers of people homeless, hungry and traumatised," Guterres said.

His remarks were played at the opening of the conference in Kuwait organised by the International Islamic Charitable Organization (IICO) and the UN's humanitarian coordination organisation OCHA.

On Friday, in Nairobi, the UN head warned Gaza faced an "epic humanitarian disaster" if Israel launched a full-scale ground operation in Rafah.


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