The heads of 18 UN organizations and agencies called for a rare joint statement on the situation in… Gaza “An immediate ceasefire for humanitarian reasons,” expressing their anger at the number of civilian casualties in the Strip, which reached about 10,000, about half of whom were children.
The heads of the UN agencies wrote in a statement on the UN Inter-Agency Standing Committee website: “For almost a month, the world has been watching the situation in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories with shock and horror at the (increasing) number of lives lost.”
In Gaza, “an entire population is under siege and attacked, denied access to items necessary for survival, and people are being bombed in their homes, shelters, hospitals, and places of worship,” the agency officials said in a statement. “This is unacceptable.”
The horrific killing of more civilians in Gaza is outrageous, as is the deprivation of 2.2 million Palestinians of food, water, medicine, electricity and fuel, according to the statement.
They added that more food, water, medicine and fuel must be allowed into the Gaza Strip to help the population. “We need an immediate ceasefire on humanitarian grounds. 30 days have passed. Enough is enough. This must end now,” they wrote in the statement.
On the other hand, the UN agencies called in the statement on the Islamic Resistance Movement (agitation) called for the release of Israeli detainees, urging each side to “respect its obligations under international law.”
It is noteworthy that the Ministry of Health in Gaza counted 9,770 martyrs since the beginning of the Israeli aggression, and confirmed that 70% of the victims of the aggression were women and children, noting that the occupation committed 24 major massacres yesterday, Sunday, in which 243 martyrs were killed.
The statement was signed by Martin Griffiths, Office Coordinator United nations For the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Volker Türk, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Catherine Russell, Executive Director ofUnited Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General ofGlobal Health OrganizationIn addition to the heads of 14 other UN organizations and agencies.