Mon 04 Dec 2023 5:14 pm - Jerusalem Time
Red Cross Head in Gaza: The human suffering in the Strip is unbearable
The President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Mirjana Spoljaric, called for a regular flow of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, describing the level of suffering of the people of the besieged Strip as unbearable, in her first visit to the besieged Strip since the beginning of the Israeli aggression.
The President of the International Committee of the Red Cross spoke during her visit to the Gaza Strip about her observations of the suffering of Gaza residents and displaced people, noting that there is no safe place in Gaza. She said: “The level of human suffering is unbearable, and it is unacceptable that civilians do not have a safe place to go in Gaza, and “Under the existing military siege, there is no adequate humanitarian response at the present time.”
Spoliatric reiterated the Red Cross’s calls for the protection and respect of civilians and the application of international humanitarian law. She said: “The purpose of my visit is to strengthen efforts aimed at alleviating the desperate humanitarian situation. I will express my deep concern about the plight of civilians and stress the ICRC’s full commitment to doing everything possible to alleviate their suffering. We have issued an urgent appeal to protect and respect the lives of civilians by all parties, in line with international humanitarian law, and I repeat this call today.”
The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross called for allowing aid to flow into the besieged Strip: “Aid must be allowed to flow regularly and without hindrance into Gaza, and all those deprived of their freedom must be treated humanely.”
Spoljaric praised the humanitarian truce that took place the previous week, expressing the Red Cross’ readiness to support similar agreements that would reduce the suffering of the people of the Gaza Strip: “Last week a small amount of humanitarian relief was provided, and a positive glimpse of humanity that raised hopes around the world that a way could be found.” To reduce suffering now, as a neutral actor, the International Committee of the Red Cross stands ready to support further humanitarian agreements that will reduce suffering and grief.”