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