Iran calls for ‘urgent’ UN efforts to provide aid to Gaza – World ReadingS


GENEVA: Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian called on the United Nations on Wednesday to do more to provide urgently needed aid to war-torn Gaza.

“The amount of humanitarian aid sent to Gaza is very small and almost zero, and the United Nations needs to take urgent and serious steps on this issue,” Amir-Abdollahian said in a meeting with UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths in Geneva. said. .

Trucks delivering the first fuel shipment to Gaza since the Israel-Hamas war began on October 7 passed through Egypt on Wednesday, but the UN agency for Palestinian refugees said this was “not enough at all”.

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Emir-Abdollahian has been in Geneva since Tuesday to meet with UN and other officials over aid deliveries to Gaza, which is run by the Palestinian group Hamas.

During his meeting with Griffiths, he called for “the strong and urgent management of the UN to remove the blockage at the Rafah border crossing and deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza.”

The Palestinian enclave has been subjected to Israeli air and ground attacks for more than five weeks, killing 11,320 people, mostly civilians, according to the health ministry.

Israel has vowed to crush Hamas rulers in the region in response to a shock cross-border attack on Oct. 7 that killed an estimated 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and taken another 240 hostage, according to Israeli officials.

Israel has surrounded Gaza and stopped all aid deliveries from its territory; It left Egypt’s Rafah border crossing as the only access point for humanitarian aid for hundreds of thousands of civilians displaced in the region.

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