UN Chief Guterres Condemns Unprecedented Carnage in Gaza

UN Chief Guterres Condemns Unprecedented Carnage in Gaza

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, speaking at the Jordan summit, condemned the unprecedented scale of violence in Gaza, describing the devastation as beyond anything he has witnessed in his tenure.

Guterres stated, "The speed and scale of carnage and killing in Gaza is beyond anything in my years as secretary general."

He noted that at least 1.7 million people, accounting for 75 percent of Gaza’s population, have been repeatedly displaced by Israeli military attacks.

"Nowhere is safe, conditions are deplorable, public health situation is beyond crisis level. Gaza’s hospitals lie in ruins, medical supplies and fuel are scarce or non-existent," he said.

Guterres highlighted that more than one million Palestinians in Gaza lack adequate drinking water and face severe hunger, with over 50,000 children requiring treatment for acute malnutrition.

He emphasized that "the only way forward is through a political solution that opens a path to sustained peace."

"Let us keep working to keep that a reality as we work to answer today’s call to action for Palestinians in Gaza in such a profound and immediate need," he added.

Describing the conditions in Gaza as "deplorable," Guterres called for all parties to agree on the latest ceasefire plan.

Guterres also urged parties to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law.

"This includes facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid both into and inside Gaza as they have committed. All available routes into Gaza must be operational and the land routes are absolutely crucial," he stated.

He called for safe routes for humanitarian aid delivery and the protection of UNRWA workers who "need unimpeded access."

"Civilians must be allowed to seek safety and civilians and the infrastructure they rely on must never be militarized or targeted," Guterres concluded.

According to Gaza's Health Ministry, at least 37,164 people have been killed and 84,832 wounded in Israeli military attacks on Gaza since October 7.

The ministry reported that 40 Palestinians were killed and 120 wounded in the past 24 hours.

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