United Nations, November 10, 2023: In response to the ongoing conflict in Gaza, Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, expressed appreciation for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ position on the matter. Guterres has called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, highlighting the devastating impact on children in the region.
“We appreciate the position of the Secretary-General, who is calling for a humanitarian ceasefire immediately. Now. And he also said that the Gaza Strip is becoming a graveyard of children and that crime has to be stopped. We appreciate these statements,” Mansour remarked.
However, Mansour emphasized that the aid currently provided is insufficient to meet the growing needs of the population in Gaza. He cited Guterres’ suggestion of a minimum of 100 truckloads of aid per day and indicated that more is required to address the crisis adequately.
Senior US State Department official David Satterfield acknowledged that 100 trucks carrying aid are currently able to access Gaza daily. Despite this, he noted that the aid flow only meets the population’s “minimum requirements.”
The conflict escalated on October 7 when the Palestinian group Hamas launched a surprise attack against Israel from Gaza, resulting in 1,400 casualties. In response, Israel initiated a retaliatory military campaign with the objective of eliminating Hamas and imposed a complete blockade on Gaza, home to approximately 2 million Palestinians.
The White House has stated that 4-5 hour daily pauses are being implemented to facilitate civilian movement and aid delivery. Despite these efforts, the plea for increased aid persists, reflecting the urgent need to address the humanitarian crisis in the region.