UN humanitarian chief calls Gaza war 'betrayal of humanity'

AFP , Saturday 6 Apr 2024

The Israeli war on Gaza has escalated into a "betrayal of humanity", the United Nations' humanitarian chief said Saturday.

United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mar
United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths speaks during a press conference on the situation in Gaza, at the UN Building in Geneva, on November 15, 2023. AFP

 

In a statement on the eve of the six-month anniversary of the war, Martin Griffiths, the outgoing under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief, called for a "collective determination that there be a reckoning for this betrayal of humanity."

"Each day, this war claims more civilian victims," said Griffiths, who will leave his post at the end of June due to health reasons.

"Every second that it continues sows the seeds of a future so deeply obscured by this relentless conflict."

Israel has bombarded Gaza by air, land, and sea since 7 October, killing at least 33,137 people, mostly women and children, according to the health ministry in the strip.

Griffiths lamented "the unconscionable prospect of further escalation in Gaza, where no one is safe and there is nowhere safe to go."

He added that "an already fragile aid operation continues to be undermined by bombardments, insecurity and denials of access."

"On this day, my heart goes out to the families of those killed, injured, or taken hostage, and to those who face the particular suffering of not knowing the plight of their loved ones," he said in the statement.

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