The UN Secretary-General Urges Security Council For  Decisive Action In Addressing Escalating Crisis of The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

  December 8, 2023 By: INSEC

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on the Security Council, using Article 99 of the UN Charter, to intervene and prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza, urging for a full humanitarian ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian rebels.

In a statement issued on December 6, he urged the Security Council to address the Israeli-Palestinian crisis as a threat to international peace and security. He emphasized that the enduring hostilities in Gaza and Israel have resulted in significant human losses, physical suffering, and collective trauma in both Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

Referring to the infrequent use of this article of the United Nations Charter, the statement issued by him highlighted that citizens of the Gaza are facing a serious threat. More than 15,000 people have been killed since the start of Israel’s military operations, of which more than 40% were children. Thousands more are injured. In addition, More than half of the houses have been destroyed. About 80% of the population has been forcibly displaced.

Millions of people in Gaza have taken shelter in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, lacking basic housing facilities due to remnants from the war.

More than 1,200 people, including 33 children, were killed, and thousands were injured in the terrorist attack by Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups on October 7, 2023. Additionally, 250 people, including 34 children, were kidnapped, and over 130 of them are still in captivity. The statement demands that they should be released without any condition. Furthermore, the statement mentions that the situation of sexual violence during this war is also alarming.

Similarly, the collapse of the healthcare system in Gaza has left only 14 out of 36 hospitals partially operational, with the two largest hospitals functioning at only one-third of their capacity.

The Security Council has been alerted through a communiqué warning that people may die without treatment in the coming days.

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