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Israeli forces intensified their military operations in the southern Gaza Strip, specifically in Khan Yunis, a refuge for many civilians who had fled other parts of the enclave. The situation escalated with reports of intense fighting in Jabalia and Gaza City’s Shejaiya district. Tanks reportedly reached the main road in Khan Yunis after a night of combat, with warplanes supporting the assault.
The conflict has resulted in a significant loss of lives in Gaza, with at least 17,700 casualties since October 7. Despite international outrage and calls for a ceasefire, the UN Secretary-General expressed regret over the Security Council’s failure to take decisive action. In response to footage showing stripped Palestinians in Israeli custody, Israel dismissed the outcry, stating it was part of routine searches during operations.
This week, I urged the Security Council to press to avert a humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza & I reiterated my appeal for a humanitarian ceasefire.
Regrettably, the Security Council failed to do it.
But that does not make it less necessary.
I promise: I will not give up.
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) December 10, 2023
UN chief Antonio Guterres pledged to continue advocating for a humanitarian ceasefire, emphasizing the Security Council’s undermined credibility. Gaza’s largest hospital, Al-Shifa, turned into a makeshift refuge for 30,000 people, lacking essentials and facing continuous shelling. The dire situation in Gaza persists as international calls for a ceasefire go unanswered.