Middle East

In Nairobi, Guterres reiterates appeal for end to Gaza war

With the situation in Rafah “on a knife’s edge”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres appealed again on Friday for Israeli and Hamas leaders “to demonstrate political courage and spare no effort” in reaching an agreement to end the war in Gaza and free all hostages. 

Speaking at a press conference in Nairobi, he warned that “the fate of Palestinians and the entire region hangs in the balance.” 

More than a million Palestinians are crowded into Rafah Governorate in southern Gaza as Israeli military operations continue throughout the area. Roughly 100,000 people have left and are moving north. 

“A massive ground attack in Rafah would lead to an epic humanitarian disaster and pull the plug on our efforts to support people as famine looms,” he said.

UN engagement ongoing 

The UN is actively engaging with all sides towards resuming the delivery of life-saving aid into the enclave, including desperately needed fuel, through the Rafah and Kerem Shalom crossings. 

Meanwhile, key medical facilities in Rafah could soon become inaccessible or inoperable, including the only dialysis department still operating in Gaza. At the same time, humanitarians in the south have no more tents or food stocks. 

Stressing that international humanitarian law in unequivocal, he said civilians must be protected, particularly vulnerable people unable to relocate from active fighting, such as pregnant women, children, the injured, the sick, and older people and those with disabilities. 

‘West Bank ‘repercussions’ 

As “what happens in Gaza has profound repercussions in the occupied West Bank,” the UN chief also noted the “deeply disturbing spike in settler violence, excessive use of force by the Israeli Defense Force, demolitions and evictions” in the territory. 

“All of this speaks to the need for the international community to speak with one voice for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages, and a massive surge in life-saving aid,” he said. 

More to follow… 



  1. As a humanitarian worker, it is crucial that Israeli and Hamas leaders prioritize the safety and well-being of civilians in Gaza. The potential humanitarian disaster in Rafah must be prevented at all costs for the sake of innocent lives. I urge both sides to find a peaceful resolution and end the conflict immediately.

  2. It’s imperative that both Israeli and Hamas leaders act swiftly and decisively to end the war in Gaza. The lives of Palestinians and the stability of the region hang in the balance. Let’s hope for a peaceful resolution soon.

  3. It is crucial that Israeli and Hamas leaders show political courage and make every effort to end the war in Gaza and release all hostages. The fate of Palestinians and the entire region is hanging in the balance, and a massive ground attack in Rafah would lead to a humanitarian disaster. UN’s engagement is vital in providing life-saving aid and preventing a famine. Let’s hope for a peaceful resolution soon.

  4. Will the UN Secretary-General’s appeals have a significant impact on the leaders of Israel and Hamas to end the war in Gaza?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Back to top button