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Security Council adopts a resolution calling for immediate, full and complete ceasefire

The UN Security Council adopted a resolution proposed by the United States, aimed at achieving a comprehensive ceasefire agreement in three phases to end the war in Gaza. 



Nothing can justify the abhorrent 7 October terror attacks by Hamas. I reiterate my call for the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages. And nothing can justify the collective punishment of the Palestinian people. [] It is time for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire and unimpeded access for humanitarian assistance throughout Gaza.


Flash Appeal for the Occupied Palestinian Territory

and its partners issued a plan that outlines the minimum necessary to scale up humanitarian operations in support of 2.2 million people in the Gaza Strip and 500,000 of the most vulnerable in the West Bank. An estimated $1.2 billion is required to deliver existing humanitarian services amid ongoing hostilities.
The magnitude of this response and operational constraints are beyond what has ever been seen before in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and other contexts.



has been instrumental in addressing the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, actively pursuing a peaceful resolution to the Question of Palestine. 

On 7 October 2023, Palestinian armed groups in Gaza launched thousands of rockets toward Israel and breached through the perimeter fence of Gaza at multiple locations, entering into Israeli towns and killing and capturing Israeli forces and civilians. The Israeli military declared a state of war alert, and moved its troops into Gaza, subsequently targeting numerous locations including residential and healthcare facilities. 

The Israeli military operation has resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of Palestinians in the first six months of the war, two-thirds of whom were women and children, and displaced over 2 million individuals. Extensive damage to Gaza's infrastructure has precipitated a healthcare crisis, with an increase in communicable diseases, especially among children, and brought the entire educational system in Gaza to a standstill. 

Moreover, Gaza's entire population is facing a severe food crisis, escalating the risk of famine and disproportionately affecting vulnerable groups. Additionally, more than 200 humanitarian workers have been killed in first six months of this conflict C including more than 175 UN employees.

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UN urges parties to

Allow Humanitarian Access

The UN chief underscored that UN premises, hospitals, schools and clinics must never be targeted, and stressed the urgency of humanitarian access to the enclave. Crucial life-saving supplies C including fuel, food and water C must be allowed into Gaza. We need rapid and unimpeded humanitarian access now, he stated.

Avoid collective punishment

Since Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad launched an attack including thousands of indiscriminate rockets that have reached central Israel, the UN warned against indiscriminate or disproportionate action against Gaza and expressed concern over the full siege of the territory ordered by the Israeli authorities, shutting off electricity, water, food and fuel supplies.

Release Hostages

Mr. Guterres reiterated the need to always protect civilians, as guaranteed by international law. I call for the immediate release of all Israeli hostages held in Gaza, he said.


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