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    UN Chief António Guterres Urges Immediate Humanitarian Ceasefire in Gaza Amid Prolonged Conflict

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    United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire. This appeal comes as the region faces over 100 days of relentless conflict between Israel and Hamas, leading to substantial casualties and humanitarian crises.

    Guterres, in his address to the media, emphasized the urgent need for a ceasefire to facilitate the safe and uninterrupted delivery of humanitarian aid to the beleaguered Gaza Strip. His statement highlighted the dire situation faced by the Palestinian people, asserting that “nothing can justify the collective punishment imposed on the Palestinian people.”

    The conflict, which intensified following an unprecedented attack by Hamas on October 7th, has led to a tragic toll of lives and destruction. According to official Israeli data and reports from the French News Agency, the Israeli side has suffered nearly 1,140 deaths, predominantly civilians. The situation in Gaza is even more harrowing, with about 24,100 Palestinians, mostly women, children, and teenagers, killed due to Israeli bombings and military operations, as per the latest figures from the Hamas Health Ministry.

    The living conditions in Gaza have deteriorated drastically. Approximately 2.4 million Palestinians, crammed into this small region, of which almost 2 million have been displaced from their homes, are enduring extreme hardships. The cold weather exacerbates their struggle for survival, with the threat of starvation becoming increasingly imminent. Guterres, in his remarks, underscored the severity of the situation, stating, “The specter of hunger looms over the population of Gaza.”

    The UN chief also stressed the importance of the ceasefire for the release of hostages. Since the onset of the conflict, nearly 250 people have been taken hostage, with 132 still being held in Gaza. The Israeli authorities report that at least 25 of the hostages have been killed.

    Furthermore, Guterres expressed his concern over the potential spread of the conflict to neighboring Lebanon or beyond. He called for a ceasefire to mitigate the flames of a broader conflict, warning that “the longer the conflict in Gaza continues, the greater the risk of escalation and miscalculation.”

    As the international community watches closely, the call for an immediate ceasefire by the UN Secretary-General marks a critical juncture in the ongoing conflict in Gaza. It underscores the need for rapid intervention to alleviate the humanitarian crisis and prevent further loss of life in a region long plagued by violence and instability.

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