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Tue Dec 5, 2023, 04:35 PM Dec 2023

IDF campaign in southern Gaza has created 'apocalyptic' conditions, top UN official says [View all]

Martin Griffiths says continuing offensive has ended any possibility of meaningful humanitarian operations


The UN’s top aid official has said the Israeli military campaign in southern Gaza has been just as devastating as in the north, creating “apocalyptic” conditions and ending any possibility of meaningful humanitarian operations. Martin Griffiths, the UN emergency relief coordinator, said he was speaking on behalf of the entire international aid community in saying the continuing offensive had robbed aid workers of any significant means of helping the 2.3 million people of Gaza, other than to call for an immediate end to the fighting.

His comments came as the Israeli military said it had stormed southern Gaza’s main city in the most intense day of fighting so far, and hospitals struggled to cope with scores of dead and wounded Palestinians. “What we’re saying today is: that’s enough now. It has to stop,” Griffiths said in an interview with the Guardian, adding that the small amount of aid being allowed into Gaza could no longer be distributed, since the Israeli ground offensive had spread to southern Gaza and the city of Khan Younis, bringing the humanitarian operation effectively to an end.

“It isn’t really a statistically significant operation any more,” said Griffiths, who is also UN undersecretary general for humanitarian affairs. “It’s a bit of a patch on a wound and it doesn’t do the job, and it would be an illusion for the world to think that the people in Gaza can be helped by the humanitarian operation under these conditions. “This is an apocalyptic situation now, because these are the remnants of a nation being driven into a pocket in the south.”

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) launched a ground operation into northern Gaza on 27 October, 20 days after Hamas militants killed 1,200 Israelis, most of them civilians, in a cross-border attack. Israel told Palestinian civilians to move into southern Gaza for their own safety before the ground assault, but the south also remained under bombardment. After the breakdown of a week-long ceasefire on 1 December, tanks and infantry have moved into the south, focusing on Khan Younis. The IDF said its troops had reached the heart of the city on Tuesday.


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Hamas started the war and broke the ceasefire, they are responsible for this. tritsofme Dec 2023 #1
Hamas is responsible for breaking the cease-fire. They must be eliminated... brush Dec 2023 #2
How do you know Elind Dec 2023 #4
They've openly said the bombing has resumed in the south where they told... brush Dec 2023 #5
What's more to be said? Elind Dec 2023 #15
So - they have now killed 20,000 Palestinians womanofthehills Dec 2023 #18
Yes. AloeVera Dec 2023 #32
We've already heard from an IDF spokesman this morning that they are pleased that... brush Dec 2023 #35
IDF says... AloeVera Dec 2023 #36
Yeah, their ratio is BS. They don't care how many Palestinians they kill. brush Dec 2023 #44
Bibi is just an Israeli Trump Charging Triceratops Dec 2023 #53
Yes, and he's actually got more free reigh to carry out his inhumane policies right now because he's at war. brush Dec 2023 #54
that is so disgusting, but the worst part is the ratio is more like 10 or 20 to 1. ecstatic Dec 2023 #40
I know. Their ratio is false. They don't care how many non-combatants they kill. brush Dec 2023 #43
Where did Brush say any of that? obamanut2012 Dec 2023 #7
Neutanyu told the citizens to go Sourh womanofthehills Dec 2023 #17
Very well said obamanut2012 Dec 2023 #8
What a sad defense of the indefensible. Big Blue Marble Dec 2023 #3
If some choose to leave Hamas-run Gaza for these countries tritsofme Dec 2023 #6
Those countries aren't Elind Dec 2023 #11
The proposals floating around stipulate a large aid package. tritsofme Dec 2023 #12
"...but won't take any victims." Your words. You admit they're victims, but victims of what? It can't be anything else.. brush Dec 2023 #55
Sounds like you are advocating for forced ethnic cleansing, which (whether partial or full) is a clear war crime. Celerity Dec 2023 #14
No, I'm saying that voluntary emigration should not be obstructed tritsofme Dec 2023 #21
it is NOT voluntary if done under duress nt Celerity Dec 2023 #25
Ah... AloeVera Dec 2023 #37
I have no idea what you are going on about. Emigration is a word in the English language that has a meaning. tritsofme Dec 2023 #47
This is sick uponit7771 Dec 2023 #48
It is obvious; Gaza is their home. Big Blue Marble Dec 2023 #23
That would indeed be ethnic cleansing. The current military strategy is aligned with that approach. David__77 Dec 2023 #29
Omg. AloeVera Dec 2023 #33
seriously? Forced displacement is what you're advocating? ecstatic Dec 2023 #41
The goal Elind Dec 2023 #9
Netanyahu Plan to "Thin Out" Gaza Population to "Bare Minimum" Big Blue Marble Dec 2023 #24
Miscalculation then? AloeVera Dec 2023 #38
"Moving" AKA ethnic cleansing. David__77 Dec 2023 #10
Says the abuser to the abused al bupp Dec 2023 #34
This is unconscionable. Sky Jewels Dec 2023 #13
I'm not going to say "but Hamas". maxsolomon Dec 2023 #19
Well claudette Dec 2023 #28
surprising. maxsolomon Dec 2023 #30
I agree with that answer. At least they could see up close who they're killing ecstatic Dec 2023 #42
Yes, but claudette Dec 2023 #57
I say "Fuck Genocidal HAMAS"! Cha Dec 2023 #20
Hamas is to blame, but they have sympathizers everywhere. nt LexVegas Dec 2023 #16
You & others keep repeating the same old mantras, yet ignore the stone cold fact that Israel does NOT have a free, Celerity Dec 2023 #22
It Is Certainly True, Ma'am The Magistrate Dec 2023 #26
Yep, one Hamas goal is the eyes of the young and Bibi is helping them uponit7771 Dec 2023 #49
Yes the HAMAS Geochemical Butchers Cha Dec 2023 #31
And the numbers are made up anyway BannonsLiver Dec 2023 #50
I noticed it jumped from 14K to 20K the day after the ceasefire AZSkiffyGeek Dec 2023 #51
This is claudette Dec 2023 #27
Not sitting silently AZSkiffyGeek Dec 2023 #52
No matter how Israel responded they would be damned. The terrorists must go....sorry they are putting their GuppyGal Dec 2023 #39
Unfortunately Mossfern Dec 2023 #45
It's a hamster wheel of hell nt GuppyGal Dec 2023 #46
DURec leftstreet Dec 2023 #56
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