Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
– Secretary-General/Gaza and Israel
– Middle East/Humanitarian
– Secretary-General’s Travels
– Senior Personnel Appointment
– International Days
SECRETARY-GENERAL/GAZA AND ISRAEL
The Secretary-General appeals to all parties to immediately cease the fighting in Gaza and Israel.
The ongoing military escalation has caused great suffering and destruction. It has claimed scores of civilian lives, including, tragically, many children. The fighting has the potential to unleash an uncontainable security and humanitarian crisis and to further foster extremism, not only in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel, but in the region as a whole.
The parties must allow for mediation efforts to intensify with a view to ending the fighting immediately. The UN is actively involved in such efforts, which are also crucial for delivering much needed humanitarian aid to the affected people in Gaza.
The Secretary-General reiterates that only a sustainable political solution will lead to lasting peace. He reiterates his commitment, including through the Middle East Quartet, to supporting Palestinians and Israelis to resolve the conflict on the basis of relevant United Nations resolutions, international law and bilateral agreements.
The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports from Gaza that given limited fuel reserves in Gaza, there are now daily rolling electrical power cuts of 8-12 hours per day.
Another 230,000 people from Gaza City and Khan Younis have limited access to piped water due to increasing power cuts and damage to networks.
Over 12,000 people have reportedly sought shelter from the fighting, with many situated in schools run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
Twenty-nine UNRWA schools in Gaza have been opened as designated emergency shelters for displaced people. UNRWA and humanitarian partners are providing food, water and non-food items to those people. As previously mentioned, funding for the humanitarian appeal for the Occupied Palestinian Territory is only 29 per cent funded.
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