Escalation in Gaza: UN Calls for Urgent De-Escalation


Escalation in Gaza: UN Calls for Urgent De-Escalation

Amidst the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, the densely populated Jabalia camp in Gaza has witnessed a devastating attack.

Leaving hundreds of Palestinians either killed or injured, according to reports from Hamas. 

The United Nations' Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Martin Griffiths, has condemned this latest tragedy.

Highlighting it as part of a series of distressing events endured by the Palestinian population in Gaza.

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An Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson confirmed the attack, stating it targeted a high-profile Hamas commander and his forces.

While acknowledging the civilian casualties as a tragedy, the IDF representative attributed their deaths to Hamas' strategic positioning within the civilian population.

Following a two-day visit to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

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Griffiths expressed grave concern over the intensification of the conflict in Gaza, emphasizing the increasingly dire humanitarian consequences. 

He referred to the initial attack by Hamas near Israeli territories on October 7th, which resulted in significant loss of life.

And Israel's subsequent response, resulting in a high toll on Palestinian lives, as reported by Gaza health authorities.

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Griffiths stressed the urgency for a significant change in approach, advocating for the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages held by Hamas.

He also called on both sides to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law, particularly in safeguarding civilian lives.

In his concluding remarks, Griffiths urged influential parties to work towards de-escalation.

Emphasizing that failure to act could have far-reaching consequences beyond the immediate region.

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Meanwhile, Craig Mokhiber, the director of the UN's human rights office in New York, characterized Israel's actions in Gaza as a distressing instance of violence.

In light of this, Mokhiber resigned from his position, expressing his belief that the UN had not done enough to prevent the loss of Palestinian civilian lives.

As the conflict continues, the United States' stance leans towards supporting Israel's right to self-defense, with little indication of a push for an immediate ceasefire. 

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Senator Lindsey Graham has even indicated a steadfast commitment to stand by Israel, regardless of civilian casualties.

The situation in Gaza remains a critical concern, and international efforts towards a peaceful resolution.

Are of paramount importance to prevent further loss of life and to promote stability in the region.

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