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UN chief condemns death of Palestinians seeking humanitarian aid in Gaza

The secretary-general of the United Nations (UN), António Guterres, condemned the death of Palestinians waiting for humanitarian aid in the Gaza Strip this Thursday (29). The local Health Ministry, controlled by Hamas, said more than 100 people were killed.

According to the ministry, Israeli forces opened fire while many people were waiting for food. Israeli military personnel and eyewitnesses provided contradictory accounts of events.

“Desperate civilians in Gaza need urgent help, including those in the besieged north, where the United Nations has been unable to deliver aid for more than a week,” warned Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN chief, in a statement.

The UN was not present during the incident, but called for an investigation, Dujarric highlighted.

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner told CNN that the aid trucks involved in Thursday’s deadly incidents were coming from “international aid from governments that came in private trucks to move north.”

“We need to do everything to alleviate the humanitarian situation,” he added.

Guterres said he was also “horrified” by the number of Gazans killed in the war.

The Ministry of Health of the Palestinian territory announced this Thursday that the death toll exceeded 30,000, with more than 70,000 injured. “Tragically, an unknown number of people are under the rubble,” according to the UN statement.

Guterres also reiterated calls for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire and the unconditional release of all Israeli hostages in Gaza.

Source: CNN Brasil

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