UN Secretary General refuses to endorse Gaza Pier proposal

US Navy photo of Joint Logistics Over the Shore (JLOTS) barge
According to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, road transport is the most effective way to deliver heavy goods to meet humanitarian needs in Gaza. As the war in Gaza escalates, aid donations have been pouring in, but obstacles remain in delivering aid efficiently and effectively. Israel must remove barriers to aid access.
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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres emphasized the importance of road transport for delivering humanitarian goods to Gaza during his visit to Egypt and Jordan. He criticized the ongoing assault on the dignity of Palestinians and warned of the global impact of the conflict in Gaza. Guterres called for an increase in aid deliveries through land routes and accused Israel of obstructing aid efforts.

As the war between Israel and Hamas continues to devastate Gaza, aid donations have been pouring in while hopes for a ceasefire fade. The United States and other countries have considered using airdrops and ships to deliver aid, but Guterres stressed the necessity of road transport for efficiently transporting heavy goods. He also highlighted the importance of maintaining funding for UNRWA, the main humanitarian agency in Gaza.

Despite challenges, including allegations against UNRWA staff, efforts are being made to secure funding for the organization. Guterres expressed regret over the US decision to continue withholding funding until at least 2025. UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini noted that this decision could be revisited next year, emphasizing the importance of continued support for humanitarian efforts in Gaza.

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