Gaza 'carnage simply' must stop: UNRWA chief

AFP , Friday 10 Nov 2023

The United Nations has called for an end to the carnage afflicting war-torn Gaza during Israel's war in the strip, according to a top UN aid official's comments released on Friday.


Palestinians pray near the bodies of members of the Hijazi family, killed in Israeli strikes in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip before their burial on November 10, 2023. AFP

 

 

"The present course chosen by the Israeli authorities will not bring the peace and stability that both Israelis and Palestinians want and deserve," Philippe Lazzarini, head of the United Nations' agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), wrote in a media opinion piece.

Lazzarini said that 'razing entire neighbourhoods to the ground' is not an answer for Hamas operation on 7 October.

"To the contrary, it is creating a new generation of aggrieved Palestinians who are likely to continue the cycle of violence" he stressed, "The carnage simply must stop."

Israel launched Friday an airstrike at the territory's largest hospital compound, killing 13 and wounding dozens.

"Thirteen martyrs and dozens wounded in an Israeli strike on Al-Shifa compound today in central Gaza City", a government statement said, while the Israeli military did not offer an immediate comment.

Earlier this month, UNRWA chief affirmed, during his first trip to the strip since Israel began its war, that the UN will remain steadfast in supporting Palestinians in Gaza.

For the 35 consecutive day, Israel continues its war on Gaza, shattering thousands of civilians' lives, killing innocent women and children, and displacing thousands.

The Palestinian Health Ministry says the number of Palestinians killed in Gaza has risen to 10,818, including 4,412 children and 2,198 women. 

An additional 26,905 Palestinians in Gaza have been injured.

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