UN Chief Calls Stalled Aid Trucks at Gaza Border a "Moral Outrage"

“I have come to Rafah to shine a spotlight on the pain of Palestinians in Gaza."- Guterres said.

by Sead Dedovic
UN Chief Calls Stalled Aid Trucks at Gaza Border a "Moral Outrage"
© Ali Moustafa/Getty Images News

During his visit to Rafah, the UN chief, Antonio Guterres, was convinced of the real situation in this Palestinian city.

Antonio Guterres is disappointed with what he has seen. Humanitarian aid trucks are stuck, which clearly indicates the games being played in the Middle East.

"The line of blocked aid trucks stuck on Egypt’s side of the border with the Gaza Strip while Palestinians face starvation on the other side is a moral outrage."-the UN chief said, as quoted by aljazeera.com

“I have come to Rafah to shine a spotlight on the pain of Palestinians in Gaza."

Antonio Guterres wanted to see for himself what was happening in Rafah. Media reports have long been discussing the chaotic situation in this Palestinian city, but Antonio wanted to go there himself to see what was happening. Right from the start, he noticed that things were far from ideal. He is concerned about the Palestinian people, Palestinian civilians who are experiencing real torture. He emphasized that they are in a huge problem. Guterres put an accent on hostages who do not benefit from this situation. The events in Palestine could be an indication that the conflict will spread to neighboring countries, which is another reason for fear.

“Here, from this crossing, we see the heartbreak and heartlessness of it all. A long line of blocked relief trucks on one side of the gates, the long shadow of starvation on the other,” he said.

“That is more than tragic. It is a moral outrage. Any further onslaught will make things even worse – worse for Palestinian civilians, worse for hostages and worse for all people in the region.”

Antonio Guterres expressed his deep frustration at witnessing the loss of life and immense suffering in Gaza during a press interaction. He emphasized the inability of the United Nations or himself to end the conflict. 

UN Chief, Antonio Guterres at the Rafah border
UN Chief, Antonio Guterres at the Rafah border© Ali Moustafa/Getty Images News

His appeal was directed towards those with the authority and influence to bring about a cessation of hostilities, urging them to take decisive action to halt the violence.

Although there have been months of talk about the aspirations and desires of world leaders to stop the war, the situation in Palestine is not improving. The question is how willing are the world powers to unite their forces and truly take all necessary steps to stop this war? It doesn't seem like their intentions are such at this moment. Palestinians are calling for help, fearful and hungry. In the holy month of Ramadan for Muslims, humanitarian aid is not reaching them, and they fear that their situation will worsen in the coming months.

Guterres is ready to do everything he can to help Palestinians receive humanitarian aid. He calls on Israelis to allow unhindered entry of humanitarian aid into Palestine. Additionally, he wants to continue cooperating with the Egyptians because, without them, it is difficult to expect humanitarian aid to reach Palestine. Guterres emphasizes that at this moment they have only two options;

“It’s time to truly flood Gaza with life-saving aid. The choice is clear: either surge or starvation,” Guterres said.

Guterres expressed solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, stressing that they are not alone in their struggles. He recognized global outrage over the ongoing horrors witnessed in real time and described the situation in Gaza as a continuous nightmare, emphasizing the persistent challenges faced by its residents. 

Guterres' statement aimed to communicate support and empathy for the Palestinians enduring these difficulties.

The Israelis do not want to give up: Guterres is disappointed

At moments when the conflict began a few months ago, perhaps it was expected that Israelis would respond, but after some time, it was anticipated that they would cease, aware that they had given the appropriate response. However, the Israeli response is 10 times greater and still ongoing. Israelis have no intention of stopping their actions, this time convinced of victory against Hamas.

Although the UN chief calls for peace and emphasizes that it's time to "silence the guns," there is no commitment from the Israeli side to actually stop. 

Guterres is disappointed by the increasing number of casualties, especially civilian casualties. The atmosphere in Palestine is not improving, quite the opposite. Pessimism prevails among the population, which is tired of the chaos that has been going on for months.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, despite all the pressure from world leaders, has confirmed that he has no intention of stopping operations in Rafah, aiming to destroy Hamas. Netanyahu is known as a leader who does not pay much attention to the warnings of world powers. His intentions have been clear from day one: We will destroy Hamas, and no one can deter us from that.