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UN’s Guterres invokes Article 99 over Gaza – DW – 12/07/2023

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UN’s Guterres invokes Article 99 over Gaza – DW – 12/07/2023


Skip next section Israel announces new evacuation window, closure of exit route

December 7, 2023

Israel announces new evacuation window, closure of exit route

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has announced a new window for residents of a neighborhood in southern Gaza to evacuate as it continues its military offensive across the strip.

Military activities will be “tactically, locally and temporarily” suspended between 10 a.m. local time (0800 GMT) and 2 p.m. in Rafah’s Salam neighborhood, Israeli army spokesperson Avichay Adraee said. 

He cited “humanitarian reasons” and “reinforcements” as the reasons for the pause.

However, Adraee noted that parts of Salahuddin road, which spans the entire Gaza Strip from north to south and has been consistently used as an evacuation passage, were now effectively a “battlefield.”

“IDF fighting and military advances in the Khan Younis area do not allow for the movement of civilians via Salahuddin road in the areas around north and east of Khan Younis city,” Adraee said. Israeli troops have encircled the city, the strip’s second largest, with the fighting intensifying on Wednesday.

Adraee added that civilians will be granted safe exit via a road west of Khan Younis, allowing movement from the city and Rafah toward western Gaza.

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Skip next section Israeli army says Khan Younis completely encircled

December 7, 2023

Israeli army says Khan Younis completely encircled

The Israeli army says it has completely encircled Khan Younis, the main city in southern Gaza, after breaching Hamas defenses.

Tanks and troops had moved into the city during the week, and intense fighting was reported on Wednesday.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) had been going house-to-house in Khan Younis as street battles forced more civilians to flee toward the Egyptian border.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the IDF had surrounded the home of Yehya Sinwar, the leader of the Islamist Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip, which is reportedly in Khan Younis. Hamas is classified as a terrorist group by the US, EU and others.

Although Sinwar may still flee, Netanyahu said: “It is only a matter of time before we find him.”

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Skip next section Israel’s foreign minister calls UN chief’s tenure ‘a danger’

December 7, 2023

Israel’s foreign minister calls UN chief’s tenure ‘a danger’

In response to Antonio Guterres’ move to invoke Article 99, Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen has called the United Nations secretary-general’s tenure “a danger to world peace.”

Cohen criticized the decision on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, adding: “His request to activate Article 99 and the call for a cease-fire in Gaza constitutes support of the Hamas terrorist organization and an endorsement of the murder of the elderly, the abduction of babies and the rape of women.”

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan, said that the UN was “detached from reality.” He accused Guterres of reaching a “new moral low” by sending the letter to the Security Council.

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Skip next section UN chief makes rare move to invoke Article 99

December 7, 2023

UN chief makes rare move to invoke Article 99

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made a rare move on Wednesday to invoke Article 99 of the UN Charter.

It allows the secretary-general to draw the attention of the Security Council to “any matter which, in his opinion, may jeopardize the maintenance of international peace and security.”

It is the first time since Guterres took office in 2017 that he has made such a move. According to the UN, Article 99 has not been invoked for decades.

The enormous loss of life in the Gaza Strip and Israel within a comparatively short period was the main factor behind the decision, the UN said.

In a letter shared on X, formerly Twitter, Guterres wrote: “I urge the members of the Security Council to press to avert a humanitarian catastrophe. I reiterate my appeal for a humanitarian cease-fire to be declared. This is urgent.”

There are no direct consequences of invoking Article 99. However, the Security Council is expected to meet on Thursday or Friday to discuss the issue, a meeting in which Guterres is set to attend.

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Skip next section Israel agrees to ‘minimal’ fuel increase to Gaza

December 7, 2023

Israel agrees to ‘minimal’ fuel increase to Gaza

Israel has agreed to a “minimal” increase in supplying fuel to Gaza to prevent a “humanitarian collapse.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office made the announcement after a warning from the United Nations of a complete breakdown of public order in Gaza as fighting increased in the south of the Palestinian territory. 

Israel has restricted fuel supplies into Gaza since the war began, with claims that Hamas diverts them for military purposes. Hamas is classified as a terrorist organization by the United States, European Union, Germany and others.

Netanyahu’s office wrote on X, formerly Twitter, that a “minimal supplement of fuel — necessary to prevent a humanitarian collapse and the outbreak of epidemics” would enter “into the southern Gaza Strip.”

It added: “The minimal amount will be determined from time to time by the War Cabinet, according to the morbidity situation and humanitarian situation in the Strip.”

Netanyahu praises Israel’s strong offensive throughout Gaza

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km/rc (AFP, AP, dpa, Reuters)

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