Blocked aid for Gaza is a ‘moral outrage’— UN secretary-general

Antonio Guterres
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CAIRO— On Saturday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reiterated his call for a humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and for aid to be allowed to enter, describing the famine in the strip as a 'moral outrage,' Al-Mamlaka TV reported. اضافة اعلان

During a press statement at the Rafah border crossing from the Egyptian side, which borders Gaza, he emphasized that his visit aimed to shed light on the difficulties faced by Palestinians in Gaza, stating, “From this crossing, we see the heartbreak and heartlessness of it all: a long line of blocked red relief trucks on one side of the gates, the long shadow of starvation on the other. That is more than tragic — it is a moral outrage.”

Guterres highlighted that the children and women of Gaza were living in an endless nightmare, with hunger and disease plaguing them. He explained that communities had been erased, homes demolished, and entire families and generations wiped out, with hunger and famine haunting the population.

He called on Israel to allow the entry of humanitarian goods to all parts of Gaza without restriction, affirming that any Israeli expansion in attacks would bring about a real catastrophe.

Meetings with Palestinian families
Guterres met with UN humanitarian workers at the Rafah crossing, after visiting El-Arish General Hospital, where he reiterated his call for an immediate ceasefire during the holy month of Ramadan for humanitarian reasons.

He also met with Palestinian casualties of the war in Gaza, including women and children, who were received by Egypt for medical treatment, pointing out that he was deeply moved by their stories, experiences, and the hardships they had endured.

The visit comes as part of his annual solidarity trip during Ramadan, which comes this year in a turbulent period with Israel’s war on Gaza.

Notably, UN Secretary-General spokesperson Farhan Haq said that Guterres, who previously visited Rafah in October, ‘will reiterate his calls for a humanitarian ceasefire’ in Gaza and also in Sudan during his visit.

Guterres is expected to meet with Egyptian officials in Cairo and have iftar with Sudanese refugees who fled their country torn apart by the ongoing war for nearly a year.

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