UN chief welcomes ceasefire in Gaza and Israel

NNA - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomes the announcement of a ceasefire in Gaza and Israel, a spokesperson for the UN chief said on Monday.

"He is deeply saddened by the loss of life and injuries, including children, from airstrikes in Gaza and the indiscriminate firing of rockets toward Israel from population centers in Gaza by Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other militant groups," the spokesperson added.

"He extends his deepest condolences to the victims of the violence and their loved ones," they said. 

They continued: "The hostilities have contributed to a humanitarian emergency. Crossings into Gaza have been closed and power shortages are affecting essential facilities and supplies. Hundreds of buildings and homes have been destroyed or damaged, leaving thousands of Palestinians homeless.

The Secretary-General commends Egypt for its efforts carried out, in close coordination with the UN, to help restore calm. The Secretary-General calls on all sides to observe the ceasefire."

"He reaffirms the United Nations’ commitment to the achievement of the two-State solution based on relevant United Nations resolutions, international law, and prior agreements and the importance of restoring a political horizon. Only a negotiated sustainable political solution will end, once and for all, these devastating cycles of violence and lead to a peaceful future for Palestinians and Israelis alike," the spokesperson concluded. 
 

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تابعوا أخبار الوكالة الوطنية للاعلام عبر أثير إذاعة لبنان على الموجات 98.5 و98.1 و96.2 FM

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