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UN organizations call for a ceasefire
The leaders of all major United Nations agencies have issued a rare joint statement calling for an “immediate humanitarian ceasefire” in the war between Israel and the extremist Palestinian movement Hamas.
“For almost a month now, the world has been watching in shock and horror the situation in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, where the death toll continues to rise and lives are destroyed,” said eighteen UN organizations including Unicef, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Food Program (WFP).
“In Israel, authorities say 1,400 people have been killed and thousands injured. More than 200 people, including children, have been taken hostage. Rockets are traumatizing families. Tens of thousands of people have been displaced. This is terrible,” UN leaders said of Hamas’s actions .
The actions of Hamas are terrible, the killings of Gaza civilians a shame
“However, the gruesome killings of even more civilians in Gaza are a shame, as is the cutting off of 2.2 million Palestinians from food, water, medicine, electricity and fuel,” the UN stressed.
In the Gaza Strip, where Hamas says 9,770 people have been killed, “an entire population is under siege and attack, denied access to essentials for survival, bombed in their homes, shelters, hospitals and places of worship,” it said. “That is unacceptable. Thirty days have passed. Enough is enough. This must stop now,” is the conclusion.
Injured Palestinian child in Gaza.
Jordan drops medical aid: “Our duty”
The Jordanian air force is said to have dropped emergency medical aid in the Gaza Strip last night, for a Jordanian field hospital there. Jordan’s King Abdullah reported this. “It is our duty to help our wounded brothers and sisters,” he posted on X (the former Twitter). The relief supplies are said to have been dropped from the air with parachutes.
Supplies in the Jordanian field hospital are said to be running low due to the continued delay in emergency aid delivered through the Rafah border crossing. It is not yet clear whether the Israeli government was aware of the action by the Jordanian air force.
US Secretary Blinken holds talks in Turkey
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has arrived in the Turkish capital Ankara. After several previous stops in the Middle East, Blinken traveled to Turkey to talk today with his Turkish counterpart, Hakan Fidan, about the war between Hamas and Israel.
On the American side, there was hope for a meeting between Blinken and President Recepp Tayyip Erdogan. The Turkish president has repeatedly condemned Israel’s attacks on the Gaza Strip. Even today, Erdogan described the attacks as an “immoral, unconscionable and despicable massacre.”
Just this weekend, Turkey recalled its ambassador to Israel. According to the Turkish Foreign Ministry, the reason was: “The humanitarian tragedy unfolding in Gaza as a result of Israel’s continued attacks on civilians and Israel’s refusal to respond to calls for a ceasefire.”
Israeli army split Gaza City in two
The Israeli army has surrounded Gaza City, effectively splitting the Gaza Strip in two. This is what the army spokesman said. “Today there is a north Gaza and a south Gaza.” It sounds like an important phase in the war against Hamas.
According to Hagari, the Israeli army has reached the Gaza coast and is currently carrying out “widespread attacks, both above ground and underground”.
According to Israeli media, ground troops would enter Gaza within 48 hours.
WATCH – Heavy bombings again in northern Gaza: