UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has invoked Article 99 of the U.N. Charter to warn the Security Council of an impending humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza, urging an immediate humanitarian ceasefire.
Why it matters
The use of Article 99 is rare and signifies the severity of the situation in Gaza, drawing attention to the urgent need for a humanitarian ceasefire to prevent further escalation and end the crisis.
What the papers say
The Guardian reports that the Biden administration may feel impelled to use its veto to protect Israel by rejecting calls for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, while Gulf News highlights the UAE's draft resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. AP News and Gulf News provide insights into the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza, with people facing hunger, fear, and displacement.
How we got here
The conflict between Israel and Hamas has been ongoing for two months, resulting in appalling human suffering, physical destruction, and collective trauma in Gaza.
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The United Nations is an intergovernmental organization that aims to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, achieve international cooperation, and be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations.
António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres GCC GCL is a Portuguese politician and diplomat who is serving as the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations. Previously, he was the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees between 2005 and 2015.
The Gaza Strip, or simply Gaza, is a self-governing Palestinian territory on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, that borders Egypt on the southwest for 11 kilometers and Israel on the east and north along a 51 km border.
The United Nations Security Council is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations, charged with ensuring international peace and security, recommending the admission of new UN members to the General Assembly, and approving any changes to the UN
Israel, formally known as the State of Israel, is a country in Western Asia, located on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea.
Hamas is a Palestinian Sunni-Islamic fundamentalist militant organization. It has a social service wing, Dawah, and a military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.