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“This horror must stop”: Guterres on Israeli attack on Rafah

The attack on the refugee camp in Rafah continues to attract condemnation from all over the world.

The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, condemned this Monday the Israeli attack on Sunday on a camp of displaced people who were sheltering in tents in Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, and called for an end to "this horror."

“I condemn Israel's actions that have killed dozens of innocent civilians who were only seeking refuge from this deadly conflict. There is no safe place in Gaza. This horror must end,” Guterres wrote on his X account.

Moment of the attack on the refugee camp in Rafah. Photo Agencies

The Secretary General of the United Nations used the same words as the Commissioner General of the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), Philippe Lazzarini, who also emphasized that there are currently no places exempt from Israeli bombings within the Palestinian enclave.

“I have seen terrifying and disturbing photographs, and I think it is completely clear that there is no safe place in Gaza,” Lazzarini had assured hours before, after meeting with the Lebanese Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, in Beirut.

Rafah continues to be the focus of the Israeli offensive despite the order of the International Court of Justice, issued on Friday, for the “immediate” stoppage of the operation in said territory. The area where the bombed displacement camp was located had previously been declared a 'safe zone' by Israel.

Guterres has firmly rebuked Benjamin Netanyahu's government repeatedly following its brutal offensive in the Gaza Strip following the Hamas attack on October 7, 2023.

Weeks ago, the UN high representative warned that “a military assault” on Rafah would mean an “unbearable escalation” that would kill thousands of civilians and have a “devastating impact” with serious repercussions throughout the Middle East region.

The total number of deaths in Gaza has reached 36.050, 50 of them in the attack on the aforementioned Rafah displaced persons camp, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health, under Hamas control.

Nearly a million people have fled Rafah, most to the west - to the beaches of Al Mawasi - where they are overcrowded and without sanitation services or drinking water.

sourceAgencies

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