UN chief says he ‘will not give up’ on ceasefire appeals in Gaza

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres declared on Sunday that he remains steadfast in his pursuit of a ceasefire in Gaza.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Doha Forum in Qatar, Guterres expressed deep concern about the escalating humanitarian crisis in the region.

“I will not give up on our efforts to achieve a ceasefire,” Guterres stated, emphasizing the severity of the risk facing the collapse of the humanitarian system. He noted that the situation is rapidly deteriorating, potentially leading to irreversible implications for Palestinians and threatening peace and security in the region.

On Saturday (December 9), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed Washington’s veto at the United Nations Security Council, rejecting a vote supporting a humanitarian ceasefire resolution. Netanyahu affirmed Israel’s commitment to what he termed a “just war to eliminate Hamas.”

Despite Washington urging Israel to do more to protect civilians, the Biden administration, on Saturday, bypassed the U.S. Congress to approve an emergency sale of ammunition to Israel. The U.S. continues to support Israel’s position that a ceasefire would benefit Hamas.