In A statement Writing at the end of his two-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories, UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths believes “October 7 and its aftermath will leave an indelible mark on the lives of millions of people”. “Meanwhile, the world seems unable or unwilling to act. This situation cannot continue. We need radical change,” he writes. It calls for the “immediate and unconditional release of the hostages” but also the provision of “essential elements for survival – especially water, food, medicine and fuel – safely, immediately and in large quantities” in Gaza.
“The more than 200 trucks that have entered Gaza so far, following difficult negotiations, provide some relief, but they are not enough,” he insists. “The combatants must agree to take a break from the fighting,” insists the UN official, who he sees as “the only viable solution” to providing aid. “Parties must respect their obligations under international humanitarian law,” he said, but “influential people can use their influence to enforce the rules of war, defuse conflict, and prevent it from happening.” ” he warns, lamenting “a global crisis”.
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