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International News: United Nations pleads for immediate ceasefire in Gaza

Posted: Wednesday, December 6, 2023. 2:39 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Today, U.N. Human Rights chief Volker Turk again pled for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

According to the Associated French Press, Turk said that Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are living in “utter, deepening horror”.

Turk said there was a high risk of atrocity crimes being committed in such “catastrophic” humanitarian circumstances.”

“Civilians in Gaza continue to be relentlessly bombarded by Israel and collectively punished — suffering death, siege, destruction and deprivation of the most essential human needs such as food, water, lifesaving medical supplies and other essentials on a massive scale,” Turk expressed.

“Palestinians in Gaza are living in utter, deepening horror,” Turk added.

Since Hamas’ unprecedented attack on Israel on October 7 and Israel’s declaration of war, thousands of people have been displaced.

Turk says that Gazans are pushed into “ever-diminishing and extremely overcrowded places in southern Gaza, in unsanitary and unhealthy conditions”.

“The catastrophic situation we see unfolding in the Gaza Strip was entirely foreseeable and preventable.

“In these circumstances, there is a heightened risk of atrocity crimes,” the United Nations high commissioner for human rights said.

“As an immediate step, I call for an urgent cessation of hostilities and the release of all hostages,” he said, adding: “you need to come back to your senses,” he urged.

 

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