UN Chief: ‘We Must Not Look Away’ From Gaza ‘Catastrophe’

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. secretary-general called Wednesday for Israel and Hamas to prolong a temporary truce, saying a “true humanitarian cease-fire” is needed in the eight-week-old war.

“The people of Gaza are in the midst of an epic humanitarian catastrophe before the eyes of the world,” Antonio Guterres told a ministerial-level meeting of the U.N. Security Council on the situation. “We must not look away.”

He welcomed the numerous aid trucks and fuel deliveries that have flowed into Gaza — both south and north — during the pause that began on Friday. Since then, 60 hostages held by Hamas and 180 Palestinian prisoners have also been released.

But Guterres said “much, much more” is needed to address the humanitarian needs of Gaza’s 2.2 million residents. He urged Israel to open more than just the single border crossing that is available now and called for the private sector to restart commercial activities.


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