"Gaza: A Graveyard for Children" - UN Chief Urges Urgent Ceasefire as Palestinian Casualties Surpass 10,000

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 11/06/2023
According to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Gaza is increasingly being referred to as a "graveyard for children." In light of this, he has urgently called for a ceasefire in the region. Palestinian health authorities have reported that the number of casualties resulting from Israeli strikes has surpassed 10,000.

Both Israel and the Hamas militants, who currently hold control over Gaza, have refused to comply with increasing international pressure to reach a ceasefire agreement. According to Israel, it is asserting that the hostages who were allegedly taken by Hamas during the violent incident that occurred in southern Israel on October 7th should be released as a priority. Hamas has made it clear that it will not release prisoners or cease its fighting efforts as long as Gaza continues to face attacks.

The Israel Defense Forces are currently engaged in ground operations and carrying out bombardments. Unfortunately, these actions have resulted in the targeting of various civilian areas such as hospitals, refugee camps, mosques, churches, and even UN facilities, including shelters. According to Guterres, it is a fact that no one can be considered safe.
According to the speaker, Hamas and other militant groups engage in the practice of utilizing civilians as human shields while also persistently launching rockets without discrimination towards Israel.

Israel has reported that a total of 31 soldiers have lost their lives since the commencement of its expanded ground operations in Gaza on October 27. The Israeli government has emphasized that Hamas militants are taking shelter among civilians and even seeking refuge in hospitals. Hamas has recently called upon the United Nations (UN) to authenticate the claim that they are operating from hospitals, asserting that this narrative is inaccurate.

According to a Reuters journalist in Gaza, Israel conducted a highly intense overnight bombardment through air, ground, and sea. This offensive was prompted by the October 7 attack, during which Hamas allegedly killed 1,400 individuals and took over 240 hostages.

According to the health ministry in the Hamas-controlled enclave, a significant number of Palestinians have lost their lives, with a reported total of 10,022 fatalities. Among these casualties, it is distressing to note that 4,104 children have tragically perished.

The situation in Gaza has led to a distressing reality where the lives of innocent children are being tragically lost, transforming the region into a somber resting place for them. According to Guterres, a significant number of girls and boys are being reported as victims of fatal or injurious incidents on a daily basis.

According to international organizations, hospitals are currently facing significant challenges in accommodating the influx of wounded individuals. Additionally, the availability of food and clean water is rapidly depleting, while the delivery of aid falls far short of meeting the existing needs.

An immediate humanitarian ceasefire is necessary. A period of 30 days has elapsed. The current situation has reached a point where further tolerance or acceptance is no longer viable. In a previous statement, a group of 18 individuals, including Volker Turk, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of the World Health Organization, and Martin Griffiths, the UN aid chief, expressed their urgent call for an immediate cessation of a certain activity.

The purpose of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken's current tour in the region is to address the escalating conflict and mitigate potential risks. Additionally, Blinken aims to facilitate the delivery of aid to Gaza and establish long-term plans that promote sustainability for both Israel and the Palestinians.

Washington is currently advocating for temporary halts in the ongoing conflict, with the intention of facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid. This approach differs from calling for a complete ceasefire, as the United States, along with Israel, expresses concerns that Hamas militants may exploit the situation to their advantage.

In Turkey, Blinken expressed the commitment to actively pursue increased humanitarian assistance in Gaza. In the coming days, it is anticipated that there will be notable expansions in the provision of assistance.


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