Israel-Palestine: UN Chief reiterates call for humanitarian ceasefire


By Fortune Abang

The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has reiterated the call for immediate humanitarian ceasefire in the war ongoing between Israel and militant group Hamas.

Guterres made the call in his address at the third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation summit that held  between 18 and Oct.19,  in Beijing.

The summit with the theme: “High-quality Belt and Road cooperation: together for common development and prosperity,” marked the tenth anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)

The UN chief said there is the need to give space among warring forces to ease suffering of the people.

According to him, to Hamas there is the need for immediate and unconditional release of hostages, and to Israel, there is the need to immediately allow unrestricted access of humanitarian aid to respond to the most basic needs of the people of Gaza.

“The overwhelming majority of whom are women and children.” he said.

The UN chief, therefore, said he is aware of the grievances of the Palestinians, adding that brutal attacks against civilians could not be justified.

He also condemned the attacks on Al Ahli hospital in Gaza  October 17 that killed hundreds of people.

“I am fully aware of the deep grievances of the Palestinian people after 56 years of occupation.

“As serious as these grievances are they cannot justify the acts of terror against civilians committed by Hamas on Oct. 7, that I immediately condemned.

“I call for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire to provide sufficient time and space to help realize my two appeals and to ease the epic human suffering we are witnessing,” he added. (NAN)