U.S. Calls For ‘Humanitarian Pause’ In Israel’s Military Campaign In Gaza As Fuel And Other Supplies Run Dangerously Low1 min read
Hospitals in Gaza have warned that they would need to shut down if they don’t receive more fuel. Other supplies — such as water, medicine and food — also continue to run low.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees previously noted it would be unable to carry out aid operations after Wednesday night if it does not receive fuel supplies necessary for transport, water desalination and running medical equipment. The Israel Defense Forces insist that fuel is present in Gaza but that Hamas is monopolizing it.
The Biden administration is now backing the idea of a “pause” in Israel’s military operations against Hamas in order to allow more aid to get into Gaza,
U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres warned overnight that the situation is “growing more dire by the hour” in the Middle East and urged respect for civilian lives as the conflict unfolds.
Israel’s representative to the U.N. has called for the resignation of Guterres, following his remarks on the Israel-Hamas conflict and action in Gaza.
In response, Guterres said he was “shocked by the misinterpretations” of his address made before the U.N. Security Council.
In a televised address, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu again said that Israel is preparing for a ground invasion of Gaza but provided no other details about timing.
U.S. President Joe Biden reiterated that the U.S. is working to secure the release of all hostages being held by Hamas. Speaking at the White House, he also said there must be a “two-state solution” to the conflict in Israel and Gaza.
At least 6,546 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza, while more than 1,400 people have been killed in Israel since October 7.