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Only effective way to ramp up Gaza aid is by road, Guterres says

Only effective way to ramp up Gaza aid is by road, Guterres says

Guterres said the United Nations was working hard to sustain funding for its agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, which he called the backbone for humanitarian aid inside Gaza. Several countries, including the United States and Britain, paused their funding to UNRWA after accusations by Israel that a dozen of the agency’s 13,000 staff in Gaza took part in the Oct 7 Hamas attack in Israel. UNRWA head Philippe Lazzarini said he regretted Washington’s decision to continue a ban on US funding for the agency until at least March 2025. “We very much regret Washington’s decision,” Lazzarini was quoted as saying by Swiss newspaper Blick on Sunday. “It’s a halt for a limited period. Next year, we again have the possibility to apply pressure for a new decision.” Source link

UN chief Guterres warns Palestinian aid agency UNRWA cannot be replaced

UN chief Guterres warns Palestinian aid agency UNRWA cannot be replaced

Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, the largest in the enclave, receives data from every hospital in the strip. Hospital administrators say they keep records of every wounded person occupying a bed and every body arriving at a morgue. The ministry also collects from other sources including the Palestinian Red Crescent. The health ministry does not report how Palestinians were killed, whether from Israeli airstrikes and artillery barrages or errant Palestinian rocket fire. It describes all casualties as victims of “Israeli aggression”. The ministry also does not distinguish between civilians and combatants.  Throughout four wars and numerous skirmishes between Israel and Hamas, UN agencies have cited the Hamas-run health ministry’s death tolls in regular reports. The International Committee of the Red Cross and Palestinian Red Crescent also use the numbers. In the aftermath of war, the UN humanitarian office has published final death tolls based on its own research into medical records. The UN’s counts have largely been consistent with the Gaza health ministry’s, with small discrepancies.  For more on the Gaza health ministry’s tolls, click …

???? Live: UN chief Guterres appoints independent panel to assess ‘neutrality’ of UNRWA

???? Live: UN chief Guterres appoints independent panel to assess ‘neutrality’ of UNRWA

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed an independent panel to assess whether the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) is striving to “ensure neutrality”, the UN said in a statement Monday. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell warned Sunday that defunding UNRWA, a dozen of whose staff Israel has accused of participating in the Hamas-led October 7 attacks, would imperil “hundreds of thousands of lives” in Gaza. Follow our liveblog for all the latest developments.  Source link

Guterres must go! Israel wants UN chief out – POLITICO

Guterres must go! Israel wants UN chief out – POLITICO

“Of course he is responsible as U.N. secretary-general,” Katz said in an interview with Axel Springer, POLITICO’s parent company.  “Guterres must resign” or “the U.N. must replace him.” Israel has been at loggerheads with the U.N. for months, after Guterres said in October that Hamas’ attack “did not happen in a vacuum,” and accused Israel of carrying out “56 years of suffocating occupation.” On Friday — after the International Court of Justice reproached Israel over its ongoing retaliatory bombardment of Gaza but stopped short of calling for a cease-fire — Israel accused a dozen U.N. employees of having participated in Hamas’ assault. The United States, Germany and Italy, among others, responded by pausing funding to the relief agency. “The countries acted correctly even though it was a humanitarian organization,” said Katz. The UNRWA denies that it knowingly aided Hamas or any other militant group. It says that it thoroughly investigates allegations and holds staff accountable: On Friday, the U.N. fired nine of the accused employees. One is reportedly dead, the U.N. said, with two still …

UN’s Guterres Condemns Israel for ‘Heartbreaking’ Killings in Gaza

UN’s Guterres Condemns Israel for ‘Heartbreaking’ Killings in Gaza

KAMPALA (Reuters) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Sunday denounced Israel for the “heartbreaking” deaths of Palestinian civilians in Gaza and called it unacceptable to resist statehood for the Palestinian people. “Israel’s military operations have spread mass destruction and killed civilians on a scale unprecedented during my time as secretary-general,” Guterres said at the opening of a summit of the G77+China in the Ugandan capital Kampala. “This is heartbreaking and utterly unacceptable. The Middle East is a tinder-box, we must do all we can to prevent conflict from igniting across the region.” Israel launched its offensive in Gaza after the Islamist militant group Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack in which Israeli officials say more than 1,200 Israelis and foreigners were killed and 240 taken hostage. Israel’s campaign has killed more than 25,000 Palestinians, according to Gaza health authorities on Sunday, and displaced most of the enclave’s 2.3 million people from their homes. Over the course of the war, the Israeli military has expressed regret for civilian deaths but it accuses Hamas of operating in densely …

Israel-Hamas war live: Gaza aid system at ‘severe risk of collapse’, says Guterres; Hamas leader ‘hiding underground’, says IDF | Israel-Hamas war

Key events Show key events only Please turn on JavaScript to use this feature The UN secretary-general says Gaza is facing a “severe risk of collapse of the humanitarian system”. António Guterres has invoked a rarely used article to push for a ceasefire. His letter to the council said Gaza’s humanitarian system was at risk of collapse after two months of war that has created “appalling human suffering.” I’ve just invoked Art.99 of the UN Charter – for the 1st time in my tenure as Secretary-General. Facing a severe risk of collapse of the humanitarian system in Gaza, I urge the Council to help avert a humanitarian catastrophe & appeal for a humanitarian ceasefire to be declared. pic.twitter.com/pA0eRXZnFJ — António Guterres (@antonioguterres) December 6, 2023 Guterres invoked Article 99 of the UN Charter, which says the secretary-general may inform the council of matters he believes threaten international peace. He is expected to address the council to press for a cease-fire. But Israel’s UN Ambassador Gilad Erdan has reacted to the move, saying the secretary-general invoked …