UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths has called on the international community to develop a plan that would ensure “reining in the massacre in Gaza and taking action before it is too late.”
A statement from Griffiths said: “With the carnage in Gaza reaching new levels of horror every day, the world continues to watch in shock as hospitals come under fire, premature babies die, and entire populations are deprived of basic means of survival. This cannot be allowed to continue. International humanitarian law must be respected, a ceasefire must be agreed to on humanitarian grounds, and the fighting must stop.”
He added, “On behalf of the humanitarian community that I represent, I urge the parties, all those with influence over them, and the broader international community to do everything they can to support and implement the following plan:
-Facilitating the efforts of relief agencies to ensure the continuous and safe flow of aid convoys.
-Opening additional crossing points for the entry of commercial trucks and aid, including the Kerem Shalom crossing.
-Allowing the United Nations, other humanitarian organizations, and public and private sector entities to obtain fuel in sufficient quantities to provide aid and basic services.
– Enabling humanitarian organizations to deliver aid to all parts of Gaza without hindrance or interference.
-Allowing the expansion of the number of safe shelters for displaced people in schools and other public facilities throughout Gaza and ensure that they remain safe throughout the fighting.
– Improving the humanitarian notification mechanism that would help spare civilians and civilian infrastructure from hostilities and facilitate the arrival of humanitarian aid.
-Allowing the establishment of relief distribution centers for civilians, according to needs.
-Allowing civilians to move to safer areas and voluntarily return to their homes.
-Funding the humanitarian response, which now amounts to $1.2 billion.
-Implementing a humanitarian ceasefire to allow the resumption of basic services and the resumption of essential trade.
Griffiths stressed that “a ceasefire is also vital to facilitate the delivery of aid, allow the release of hostages, and provide comfort to civilians.”