Relief efforts in Gaza stretched and delayed by fighting: Amos

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Valerie Amos. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

The relief effort in Gaza is stretched and ongoing fighting and insecurity is hampering the ability of the UN and its partners to sustain the delivery of aid.

Speaking via video conference, Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator briefed members of the Security Council on the gravity of the situation on the ground.

Until a cease-fire is agreed, she urged, a humanitarian pause is needed to reach those in need.

The pauses must be daily, predictable and adequate, Ms Amos underscored, to get aid in, treat the injured, recover the dead and allow people to restock.

"We have all watched in horror the desperation of children, of civilians as they have come under attack. With no safe place to go. Under international humanitarian law, the Government of Israel, Hamas and other militant groups must distinguish between military objectives and civilian objects and between combatants and civilians. They must also avoid harming civilians or civilian objects, and protect them from the effects of military operations."

The UN humanitarian chief also called for more funding, calling on Member States to respond "quickly and generously" to the organization's appeals.

More than 440,000 people in Gaza are now displaced which is almost 24 percent of the population, she noted.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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