I’ve just invoked Art.99 of the UN Charter – for the 1st time in my tenure as Secretary-General.
Facing a severe risk of collapse of the humanitarian system in Gaza, I urge the Council to help avert a humanitarian catastrophe & appeal for a humanitarian ceasefire to be declared. pic.twitter.com/pA0eRXZnFJ
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) December 6, 2023
Israeli bombardments from air, land, and sea across Gaza have significantly intensified since 4 December afternoon.
The resumption and intensification of hostilities in Gaza is the darkest chapter yet of this catastrophic war.
UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini
During the month of December, the EU is planning to roll out 6 new humanitarian air bridge flights to get essential aid to people in need in Gaza. This brings the total supplies provided by the EU to over 1,000 tonnes, with 30 Air Bridge flights overall planned so far. (EU ECHO)
Reports of hundreds of fatalities from bombing in southern Gaza over the weekend heightened deep concerns for civilians sheltering there, while UN humanitarians on Monday said that aid teams had only “extremely limited” movement and access to the north was “now entirely blocked”. (UN News)
The resumption of hostilities in Gaza and its terrifying impact on civilians underscore the need for the violence to end and a long-term political solution between Palestinians and Israelis to be found, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Sunday.
“Silence the guns and return to dialogue – the suffering inflicted on civilians is too much to bear. More violence is not the answer. It will bring neither peace nor security,”
Volker Türk, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Aid trucks carrying food, medicines, medical supplies, bottled water, blankets, tents and hygiene products entered from Egypt into Gaza , and additional trucks carrying 138,000 litres of fuel. (OCHA oPt Situation Report)
As Secretary-General António Guterres spoke of his deep regret about the resumption of military operations in Gaza on Friday, UN humanitarians vowed to stay and help all those in need, while reiterating “nowhere is safe from attacks” in the war-shattered enclave. (UN News)
In his comments on the situation in Gaza, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: reminded all parties of their obligation to under international humanitarian law to ensure that the basic needs of the population in Gaza, such as food, water, and medical care, are met.
Security Council: World must not look away from humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza, UN chief tells Security Council.
A convoy of trucks delivered much-needed aid to UNRWA shelters in the northern Gaza Strip. The six-truck convoy reached Jabalia on 27 November, an area that had been cut off from assistance for nearly 50 days. (UNRWA)
As the pause in fighting in Gaza appeared to enter a fifth day on Tuesday, UN humanitarians warned that aid deliveries needed to multiply immediately to save the lives of the injured and stem the risk of a deadly disease outbreak that has left doctors “terrified”.