United Nations leaders on Monday demanded a humanitarian ceasefire, nearly a month into Gaza’s war, saying enough is enough, as health authorities in the enclave said the death toll from Israeli strikes now exceeded ten thousand.
Israel has rebuffed mounting international pressure for a ceasefire, saying hostages taken by Hamas militants during their rampage in southern Israel on October 7th should be released first.
The reported number of fatalities in Israeli strikes on Gaza since that date has now surpassed ten thousand, with the health ministry in the Hamas-controlled enclave saying at least ten thousand and twenty-two Palestinians were killed including over four thousand children.
“An entire population is besieged and under attack, denied access to the essentials for survival, bombed in their homes, shelters, hospitals and places of worship. This is unacceptable,” the U.N. chiefs said in a joint statement.
“We need an immediate humanitarian ceasefire. It’s been 30 days. Enough is enough. This must stop now.”