In a recent statement, the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, made it clear that his government opposes any temporary ceasefire in Gaza until Hamas releases all prisoners. He also mentioned that Israel will continue to block the entry of fuel into Gaza. These remarks came after a meeting with the U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, who was on an official visit to Israel.
Netanyahu emphasized that Israel is fighting with its full strength and refuses any temporary ceasefire that does not include the release of its prisoners. He stated, “Israel will not allow the entry of fuel into the Gaza Strip and will continue to object to funds transfers to the Gaza Strip.”
UN Experts’ Appeal
On Thursday, a group of United Nations experts, specializing in human rights, raised concerns about the situation in Gaza. They stated that time is running out for Palestinians in the conflict zone, who are facing a serious threat of genocide.
The group of experts issued a statement, saying, “We are deeply concerned about the imminent threat of genocide against the Palestinian people. We call for the demand of humanitarian ceasefire to reach those most in need.”
Last week, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had also called for an “immediate” release of prisoners and humanitarian ceasefire during his visit to Nepal. He said, “I repeat my appeal for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, the unconditional release of all detainees, and delivery of sustained humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza on a scale that matches their needs.”
The UN Chief added, “We need to come together for Gaza, the people of Israel, and affected individuals worldwide to put an end to this nightmare.”
The ongoing conflict in Gaza continues to draw international attention and concerns. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remains firm on his government’s stance, rejecting any temporary ceasefire that does not include the release of Israeli prisoners. Meanwhile, UN experts and international leaders are intensifying their calls for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire to prevent a worsening humanitarian crisis in Gaza.