(Multimedia) UN chief condemns heavy civilian casualties in Israeli hostage rescue operation – Xinhua

(Multimedia) UN chief condemns heavy civilian casualties in Israeli hostage rescue operation – Xinhua
(Multimedia) UN chief condemns heavy civilian casualties in Israeli hostage rescue operation – Xinhua
A woman cries after an Israeli airstrike in the Nuseirat camp in the central Gaza Strip, June 6, 2024. (Xinhua/Marwan Dawood)

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemns the heavy civilian casualties that occurred during the Israeli hostage release operation last weekend, his spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said on Monday.

UNITED NATIONS, June 10 (Xinhua) — UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemns the heavy civilian casualties during the Israeli hostage rescue operation over the weekend, declared its spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric on Monday.

The Secretary-General expresses extreme sadness and condemnation over the deaths of hundreds of Palestinian civilians and the injuries sustained by hundreds more in the operation, said Mr. Dujarric, the Secretary-General’s chief spokesperson. United Nations.

Any loss of life is a tragedy. Once again, we urge all parties to prioritize the protection of civilians bearing the brunt of this conflict, particularly women and children. Everyone has obligations under international law. They must comply with these obligations, he noted during a daily press briefing.

The United Nations humanitarian operation must be able to resume. The world organization continues to call for an immediate ceasefire, full and unhindered access to humanitarian operations and the release of hostages, Mr. Dujarric continued.

Israeli forces rescued four hostages from the Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip on Saturday. The operation left 274 Palestinians dead and 698 injured, according to Hamas health authorities.

The United Nations welcomes the announcement of the release of the four hostages and their return to their loved ones. Mr. Guterres continues to call for the immediate and unconditional release of all remaining hostages, Mr. Dujarric added.

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