Guterres announces the launch of an urgent appeal


United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on Monday that “the United Nations and its partners have launched a humanitarian aid appeal worth $1.2 billion for 2.7 million Palestinians.”

Guterres added during a press conference held at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, USA: “The protection of civilians must be of utmost importance.”

He stressed that “Gaza has become a cemetery for children, where hundreds of girls and boys are killed or injured every day.”

He stressed that “the catastrophe that is now unfolding makes the need for a humanitarian ceasefire more urgent with every passing hour.”

The UN Secretary-General also expressed his deep concern about “clear violations of international law in Gaza.”


The UN official explained, “The United Nations and its partners launched a humanitarian appeal worth $1.2 billion to help 2.7 million people, including all residents of Gaza, and 500,000 people in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.”

He stressed that “the Rafah border crossing alone is not equipped with the capabilities necessary for relief trucks to pass on the required scale.”

Guterres stressed “the need to ensure unhindered access of supplies to all Gazans in need and to end the use of civilians as human shields.”

He concluded his speech by saying: “None of these calls should be conditional on the other.”

For 31 days, the Israeli army has been waging a “destructive war” on Gaza, in which ten thousand and 22 Palestinians were killed, including 4,104 children and 2,641 women, and more than 25,000 others were injured. 159 Palestinians were killed and 2,150 were arrested in the West Bank, according to official Palestinian sources.