Secretary-General Reiterates Call for Sustained Humanitarian Ceasefire in Gaza

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General is extremely alarmed by the resumption of hostilities between Israel and Hamas and other armed Palestinian groups in Gaza on 1 December, including rocket fire towards Israel from Gaza and the renewal of ground operations and intensified air strikes by the Israel Defense Forces, increasingly in southern Gaza.

He calls on all parties to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law.

The UN continues to appeal to Israeli forces to avoid further action that would exacerbate the already catastrophic humanitarian situation in Gaza and to spare civilians from more suffering.  Civilians — including health workers, journalists and UN personnel — and civilian infrastructure must be protected at all times.

The Secretary-General reiterates the need for unimpeded and sustained humanitarian aid flow to meet the needs of the people throughout the Strip.  For people ordered to evacuate, there is nowhere safe to go and very little to survive on.

The Secretary-General also remains gravely concerned about the escalation of violence in the occupied West Bank, including intensified Israeli security operations, high numbers of fatalities and arrests, spiking settler violence and attacks on Israelis by Palestinians.

The Secretary-General reiterates his call for a sustained humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza and the unconditional and immediate release of all remaining hostages.

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