UN chief appalled by Rafah escalation-Xinhua

UN chief appalled by Rafah escalation

Source: Xinhua

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2024-05-15 00:22:45

UNITED NATIONS, May 14 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is appalled by the escalation of military activity in and around Rafah in Gaza by the Israeli military, said his spokesman on Tuesday.

"These developments are further impeding humanitarian access and worsening an already dire situation. At the same time, Hamas goes on firing rockets indiscriminately," said Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman, in a statement.

Civilians must be respected and protected at all times -- in Rafah and elsewhere in Gaza. For people in Gaza, nowhere is safe now, said the statement.

Guterres reiterates his urgent appeal for an immediate humanitarian cease-fire and for the release of all hostages. The secretary-general calls for the Rafah crossing to be re-opened immediately for humanitarian access throughout Gaza, said the statement.