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UN Chief Advocates for Immediate Aid Surge in Gaza Amidst Starvation Crisis

UN Chief Advocates for Immediate Aid Surge in Gaza Amidst Starvation Crisis
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U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres has called for an immediate and substantial increase in humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, labeling the current starvation conditions as a "moral outrage." Standing at the Rafah crossing, Guterres witnessed the dire situation firsthand, with a long line of aid trucks waiting to deliver much-needed supplies to the beleaguered population of Gaza.

The Secretary-General's statements come at a critical time when the enclave is facing severe shortages of food and essential supplies. The blockade of aid trucks on Egypt's side of the border has exacerbated the crisis, leaving thousands of Palestinians in a state of desperation.

Guterres emphasized the urgency of the situation, stating, "Here from this crossing, we see the heartbreak and heartlessness ... a long line of blocked relief trucks on one side of the gates, the long shadow of starvation on the other." He urged for an ironclad commitment by Israel to allow total access for humanitarian goods to Gaza, especially during the holy month of Ramadan, which is traditionally a time for compassion and giving.

The U.N. chief's visit to the Rafah crossing is part of his annual "solidarity trip" to Muslim countries during Ramadan. His presence aims to spotlight the hardship and pain of Palestinians in Gaza and the obstacles to easing their plight. With around 7,000 aid trucks waiting in Egypt's North Sinai province to enter Gaza, the need for a resolution to the blockade is more pressing than ever.