Israel intensifies Gaza assault, UN warns of ‘horror’ & ‘atrocities’ | Gaza News


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The situation in Gaza is getting worse by the minute, with UN officials warning of growing risk of “atrocities” and “apocalyptic” scenes. Palestinians are living in deepening horror as Israel intensifies its assault on the enclave, leaving displaced Palestinians with nowhere to run.

UN high commissioner for human rights, Volker Türk, called on Israel, Hamas, and international actors to prevent “atrocity crimes” and described the displacement and deprivation of millions of Palestinians living in unsafe, overcrowded, and unsanitary conditions with no security. The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) also warned that the situation in Gaza is “getting worse each minute” and labeled the enclave as “one of the most dangerous places in the world.”

Türk noted that history has shown how a disregard for human rights can lead to events that should “never again” happen and called for all allegations of war-time crimes against civilians and hostages committed by Israel or Hamas to be investigated. He also urged the Israeli authorities to end impunity for violations in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The UN official highlighted unlawful killings, aggressive settler violence, arbitrary detentions, ill-treatment, sexual violence, and an alarming spike in deaths in custody of Palestinians. He also called for the investigation of sexual crimes committed by Hamas fighters during the October 7 attack on southern Israel.

Türk emphasized that violence and vengeance will only lead to more violence and called for an end to the occupation and the achievement of a two-state solution. He also called on the international community to demand a ceasefire immediately on humanitarian grounds.

According to authorities in Gaza, at least 16,248 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched its retaliation to Hamas’s assault on southern Israel on October 7. In Israel, the official death toll stands at about 1,200. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted on December 10, 1948.

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