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UN Secretary-General says attack on Rafah would be a human catastrophe

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres asked Israel and Hamas this Tuesday (7) to spare no effort for a truce agreement.

He also warned Israel that an attack on the city of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, “would be a strategic error, a political calamity and a humanitarian nightmare.”

“Didn’t civilians suffer enough death and destruction? Make no mistake: a full-scale attack on Rafah would be a human catastrophe. Countless civilian casualties. Countless families would be forced to flee again, with nowhere to go. Because there is no safe place in Gaza”, warned Guterres.

“I am disturbed and distressed by the renewed military activity in Rafah,” he highlighted.

“The closure of the Rafah and Kerem Shalom crossings is especially damaging to an already dire humanitarian situation. They must be reopened immediately,” he commented.

Israel captures Rafah crossing

The Israeli military has taken control of the Gaza side of the Rafah crossing, an Israeli military official said on Tuesday (7).

The facility is the only crossing between Gaza and Egypt and a crucial entry point for humanitarian aid to the besieged Palestinian enclave.

“We have operational control of the area and the crossing,” confirmed an Israeli military official. Military operations at the crossing continue, the official added.

Source: CNN Brasil

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