The only effective way to deliver Gaza aid is by land— Guterres

Antonio Guterres
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CAIRO— On Sunday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated that the land route is the only way to deliver aid to Gaza, which is in dire need of assistance, calling on Israel to remove obstacles to aid entry through land crossings, Al-Mamlaka TV reported. اضافة اعلان

 During a press conference with Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sameh Shoukry, in Cairo, he stated, “The only effective and efficient way to deliver heavy goods to meet Gaza’s humanitarian needs is by road and includes an exponential increase in commercial deliveries.”

Guterres highlighted that Gaza is experiencing a ‘humanitarian catastrophe’, adding that there is no justification for collective punishment of the Palestinians in Gaza. He further reiterated his call for an immediate ceasefire for humanitarian reasons.

He also noted that the Security Council has ‘geopolitical divisions’ hindering it from making meaningful decisions. Additionally, Guterres emphasized that assaulting the dignity of Palestinians creates a credibility crisis for the international community.

He called for enhancing UNRWA's ability to fulfill its role towards Palestinians and for commitment to UN values, noting that many UNRWA workers in Gaza have been killed. He also emphasized that Israeli accusations against the UN do not affect its work and that the UN operates based on values and principles.

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