UN chief deplores 'clear violations' of international law in Gaza, urges truce

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UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has voiced deep concern about the “clear violations of international law” in the Gaza Strip amid Israel’s deadly bombing campaign in the besieged territory, calling for an immediate ceasefire to deliver humanitarian aid.

Guterres made the remarks at a Security Council session on Tuesday, saying that at a "crucial moment like this," it was vital to be clear that war has rules, starting with the fundamental principle of respecting and protecting civilians.

"I am deeply concerned about the clear violations of international humanitarian law that we are witnessing in Gaza. Let me be clear: No party to an armed conflict is above international humanitarian law," he told the 15-member Council, without explicitly naming Israel.

Guterres further welcomed the crossing of three aid convoys so far through the Rafah border crossing, on Gaza’s southern border with Egypt, but described it as “a drop of aid in an ocean of need.”

He further warned that UN fuel supplies in Gaza will run out in a matter of days, which would be another disaster.

"To ease epic suffering, make the delivery of aid easier and safer, and facilitate the release of hostages, I reiterate my appeal for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire," the UN chief said.

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