UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said that Gaza has become a graveyard for children. He made this comment in a press conference after the Palestinian Ministry of Health reported that the death toll in Gaza exceeded 10,000 on Monday. At the same time, the UN Secretary General emphasized the need for a ceasefire in view of the situation. Qatar-based media Al Jazeera reported this news.
Guterres said Gaza is becoming a graveyard for children. Casualties are happening every day. Among the dead were 89 people from the United Nations Palestine Refugee Agency (UNRWA). The company said five workers were killed in the last 24 hours. 18 UN agencies have already demanded an urgent ceasefire, a month has passed and the aggression should stop now.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health reported that at least 10,022 people were killed in Gaza, including 4,104 children.
Guterres told reporters that Israel’s forces are constantly attacking civilians, hospitals, refugee camps, mosques, and shelters including churches, and no one is safe. Israel and Hamas have also rejected international pressure for a ceasefire. Israel says the hostages should be released first, while Hamas says it will not release the hostages during the Israeli invasion. In this situation, Guterres called for the quick release of the hostages.
Israel claims 31 soldiers have been killed since launching an expanded ground offensive in Gaza on October 27. Not only that, but Hamas rebels are hiding in hospitals with Israeli civilians. Meanwhile, Hamas says that the incident in the hospital is completely false, and the United Nations should verify it.
International organizations complain that hospitals are not accommodating the wounded, with relief supplies running out of food and clean water before they are needed.
Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden discussed the release of the hostages in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, as well as reiterating his support for Israel.