U.N. chief de­cries hu­man­i­tar­ian crises, urges for­eign aid in Gaza

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BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip — U.N. Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res on Wed­nes­day urged Is­rael to ease its block­ade of the Ha­mas-ruled Gaza Strip and called for largescale for­eign aid, say­ing the sit­u­a­tion in the iso­lated ter­ri­tory is “one of the most dra­matic hu­man­i­tar­ian crises” he has seen.

Speak­ing at a U.N.backed el­e­men­tary school in the north­ern Gaza Strip, Guter­res also called for unity among the Pales­tini­ans’ war­ring fac­tions — Ha­mas, which rules Gaza, and Fatah, the party of Pales­tinian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Abbas.

Guter­res is on his first visit to the re­gion since tak­ing of­fice at the be­gin­ning of the year. Dur­ing a four-day visit, which ended Wed­nes­day, he met with Is­raeli and Pales­tinian lead­ers to en­cour­age peace talks.

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