“Enough is enough,” the statement said. “This must stop now.”
The letter was signed by the heads of the 18 organizations, known as the Inter-Agency Standing Committee.
We need an immediate humanitarian ceasefire.— Martin Griffiths (@UNReliefChief) November 6, 2023
It's been 30 days.
Enough is enough.
This must stop now.@IASCch statement on the situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory: https://t.co/QaeRxGef2Q
The joint statement denounced the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel where some 1,400 people were killed and more than 200 people were taken hostage, according to Israeli authorities.
It also said Israel’s killings of civilians in Gaza is an “outrage,” adding that 2.2 million Palestinians in the besieged enclave have been denied access to food, water, medicine, electricity and fuel while being bombed in their homes, shelters, hospitals and places of worship.
“This is unacceptable,” the statement said.
Hamas on Sunday said the Israeli army carried out “intense bombings” on areas around several hospitals in the north of the Gaza Strip, shortly after telecommunications were cut, the AFP reported.
Israel cut internet and phone lines in the Strip, a third communications blackout since the start of the war on October 7.
Israeli air strikes have killed more than 9,500 people in Gaza, including 3,900 children and over 2,400 women, according to the Ministry of Health. More than 23,000 injured people require immediate treatment within “overstretched hospitals,” the humanitarian organizations’ statement said.
The joint statement called for the “immediate and unconditional” release of all civilians hostages.
“We renew our plea for the parties to respect all their obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law,” it said.
Highest UN fatalities
Several aid workers working in the enclave have been killed since the start of the war, including 88 UNRWA members – the highest number of UN fatalities ever recorded in a single conflict.
More than 100 attacks against healthcare facilities have been reported, the statement highlighted, demanding protection of hospitals, shelters and schools.
At least 15 people were killed on Saturday when Israel struck a UNRWA school where thousands of displaced Palestinians were sheltering.