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  • Updated: February 12, 2024

WHO urges ceasefire as Israeli air strikes hits Gaza’s Rafah

WHO urges ceasefire as Israeli air strikes hits Gaza’s Raf

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO), has renewed calls for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, emphasizing the urgent need to halt the violence and prioritize humanitarian assistance.

Speaking on the sidelines of the World Governments Summit 2024 in Dubai, he said that help provided so far to Gaza in terms of medical supplies is “a drop in the ocean of need which continues to grow every day”.

Amid mounting casualties and growing humanitarian needs, the WHO's plea for a ceasefire underscores the critical importance of prioritizing the protection of civilians and facilitating unhindered access for humanitarian organizations to deliver vital assistance and support to Gaza's beleaguered population.

This comes as Israeli air strikes on southern Gaza's city of Rafah resulted in the death of 48 Palestinians and left numerous others wounded.

The strikes intensify the already dire humanitarian situation in the region, prompting urgent calls for a ceasefire to prevent further civilian casualties and alleviate the escalating crisis.

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