Israeli attacks intensify in Gaza after two months of war, which led the United Nations Secretary-General to invoke Article 99 of the UN Charter – for the first time since taking office in 2017 – and ask the Security Council for a permanent ceasefire.
Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the United Nations General Secretariat, explains that in the letter “the UN Secretary-General urges members of the Security Council to exert pressure to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe and calls for the declaration of a ceasefire.” .” And he adds: “The Secretary-General may draw the attention of the Security Council to any matter which, in his opinion, may jeopardize the maintenance of international peace and security.”
Fighting is also increasing in the city of Khan Yunisin the south of the Gaza Strip, the target of the current phase of Benjamin Netanyahu’s offensive, because it is considered another Hamas stronghold and in whose tunnels the 138 hostages still in the hands of Hamas terrorists could be hidden.
The UN also denounces that Israeli attacks on residential buildings in Jabalia in the last few hours have resulted in the deaths of more than a hundred Palestinians.
Devastating results after two months of conflict
According to the Gaza Ministry of Health More than 16,200 people have died in Gaza – about half of them children – and around 7,000 are lying under the rubble..