“I’m horrified by the reported assault in Gaza on an ambulance convoy outdoors Al Shifa Hospital. The photos of our bodies strewn on the road outdoors the hospital are harrowing,” the UN chief mentioned in a statement, issued late on Friday New York time.
He said that he didn’t neglect the phobia assaults dedicated in Israel by Hamas and the killing, maiming and abductions, together with of girls and youngsters. He harassed that each one hostages held in Gaza should be launched instantly and unconditionally.
Mr. Guterres added that for almost one month, civilians in Gaza, together with kids and girls, have been besieged, denied help, killed, and bombed out of their houses.
“This should cease,” he harassed.
Nowhere is secure
Mr. Guterres additional famous that the humanitarian scenario in Gaza is “horrific”.
“Not almost sufficient meals, water and drugs are coming in to satisfy individuals’s wants. Fuel to energy hospitals and water crops is working out,” he mentioned, noting that shelters by the UN company aiding Palestine refugees (UNRWA) had been at almost 4 instances their full capability “and are being hit in bombardments”.
“Morgues are overflowing. Shops are empty. The sanitation scenario is abysmal. We are seeing a rise in illnesses and respiratory diseases, particularly amongst kids. An whole inhabitants is traumatized. Nowhere is secure.”
Respect humanitarian regulation
Renewing his appeals for a humanitarian ceasefire, the Secretary-General underscored that worldwide humanitarian regulation should be revered.
“Civilians and civilian infrastructure, together with humanitarian and medical staff and belongings should be protected. Civilians should additionally not be used as human shields,” he mentioned, urging additionally that important provides and companies, and unimpeded humanitarian entry should be safely allowed into and throughout Gaza “at a scale commensurate with this dramatic scenario”.
The UN chief underscored, “all these with affect should exert it to make sure respect for the principles of conflict, finish the struggling and keep away from a spillover of the battle that would engulf the entire area.”
WHO: ‘Utterly shocked’
The head of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) mentioned he was “completely shocked” by the strike on the ambulances.
“Utterly shocked by experiences of assaults on ambulances evacuating sufferers near Al Shifa hospital in Gaza, resulting in deaths, accidents and harm,” Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned in a post on X, previously Twitter.
“We reiterate: sufferers, well being staff, amenities, and ambulances should be protected always, at all times,” he harassed.
In a separate statement, the company additionally mentioned that assaults on healthcare, together with the focusing on of hospitals and limiting the supply of important help comparable to medical provides, gas, and water, might quantity to violations of worldwide humanitarian regulation.
“WHO reiterates its name for an instantaneous ceasefire, emphasizing the pressing want to guard all well being staff, sufferers, well being transport, and well being amenities,” WHO mentioned.
UNRWA college struck
UNRWA mentioned that one in every of its faculties within the Jabalia refugee camp was impacted by strikes Saturday morning (native time), ensuing within the reported deaths of 20 individuals, together with kids.
“At least one strike hit the varsity yard the place there have been tents for displaced households. Another strike hit inside the varsity the place ladies had been baking bread,” the company mentioned.
Dozens extra are reported injured, UNRWA added, noting that it has not been capable of confirm the precise variety of casualties.
The college is getting used as an UNRWA shelter for displaced households, the company mentioned, including that till 12 October, about 16,000 internally displaced individuals (IDPs) had been looking for refuge there.