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Inaction on Gaza an ‘approval of killing children’: UNICEF

Inaction on Gaza an ‘approval of killing children’: UNICEF

Geneva: UNICEF has urged a lasting ceasefire in Gaza, condemning inaction as “an approval of the killing of children” following the breakdown of a week-old truce between Israel and Hamas.

“A lasting ceasefire must be implemented,” James Elder, spokesperson for UNICEF, told reporters via video link from Gaza. “Inaction at its core is an approval of the killing of children.”

The UN described the hostilities as “catastrophic” and urged parties to bring about a lasting ceasefire. Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the UN humanitarian office in Geneva, said the resumption of hostilities meant “hell on Earth has returned to Gaza.”

Israel resumed bombing Gaza, forcing Palestinian civilians to seek refuge, as a week-old truce expired without an extension deal.

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“The resumption of hostilities in Gaza is catastrophic,” said Volker Turk, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. “I urge all parties and states with influence over them to redouble efforts, immediately, to ensure a ceasefire – on humanitarian and human rights grounds.”

In a post on X, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he regretted the resumption of hostilities and hoped a new pause could be established. “The return to hostilities only shows how important it is to have a true humanitarian ceasefire,” he said.

Laerke said that the week-long truce had seen significantly larger humanitarian convoys entering densely populated Gaza, even reaching north of Wadi Gaza, which prior to the pause had received almost no supplies.

“With the resumption of war, we fear that the continuation of this (aid) is now in doubt,” he said. “The Rafah crossing is closed as of now. We need a resumption of a humanitarian pause, not a return to war.”

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