UN / GAZA GUTERRES PARIS CONFERENCE

09-Nov-2023 00:01:58
In a video message to the International Humanitarian Conference for the Civilian Population in Gaza, UN chief António Guterres reiterated his condemnation of the “abhorrent acts of terror” committed by Hamas against Israel, calling again for the unconditional return of all hostages. He also highlighted, “we must step up to assist and protect civilians in Gaza. That means an immediate humanitarian ceasefire.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 09 NOVEMBER 2023, PRE-RECORDED / FILE
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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Close up, UN flag

09 NOVEMBER 2023, PRE-RECORDED

2. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, President Macron, thank you for hosting this conference. We are here to support civilians in Gaza. Of course, nothing justifies the abhorrent acts of terror by Hamas in Israel on 7 October which I utterly condemn. Israelis and others were brutally killed or abducted – and I call once again for the unconditional return of all hostages. Now civilians in Gaza – including children and women – face a never-ending humanitarian nightmare. Their neighborhoods wiped out. Their loved ones killed. Bombs raining down, while being denied life’s very basics – food, water, medicine, electricity. Some life-saving aid is beginning to trickle into Gaza. But, let’s face it, it’s a drop in the ocean. The needs are enormous. We must step up to assist and protect civilians in Gaza. That means an immediate humanitarian ceasefire. It means ensuring full respect of international humanitarian law. It means protecting hospitals, UN facilities, shelters, and schools. It means unfettered, safe, and sustained access to bring in and distribute supplies at much greater scale, volume, and frequency – including fuel. And it means investing in the $1.2 billion humanitarian appeal that the United Nations has just launched to help the people of Gaza. I urge your support. Now is the time for concrete action. Together, we can help ease this terrible human suffering. We can help civilians in Gaza see at last, and at the very least, a glimmer of hope – a sign of solidarity – and a signal that the world sees their plight and cares enough to act. Thank you.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

3. Close up, UN flag
STORYLINE
In a video message to the International Humanitarian Conference for the Civilian Population in Gaza, UN chief António Guterres reiterated his condemnation of the “abhorrent acts of terror” committed by Hamas against Israel, calling again for the unconditional return of all hostages. He also highlighted, “we must step up to assist and protect civilians in Gaza. That means an immediate humanitarian ceasefire.”

During the event today (9 Nov) hosted in Paris by President Emmanuel Macron, Guterres underlined support for civilians in Gaza who now “face a never-ending humanitarian nightmare”, stressing that “now is the time for concrete action.”

Although some aid has begun to trickle into Gaza, “it’s a drop in the ocean” as needs are enormous, he said, urging the international community to step up assistance and protection.

Guterres continued, “That means an immediate humanitarian ceasefire. It means ensuring full respect of international humanitarian law. It means protecting hospitals, UN facilities, shelters, and schools. It means unfettered, safe, and sustained access to bring in and distribute supplies at much greater scale, volume, and frequency – including fuel. And it means investing in the $1.2 billion humanitarian appeal that the United Nations has just launched to help the people of Gaza.”

The UN chief called for support, saying “we can help civilians in Gaza see at last, and at the very least, a glimmer of hope – a sign of solidarity – and a signal that the world sees their plight and cares enough to act.”
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