WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus condemned the catastrophe suffered by the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and called for an end to the destruction.
“The impact of conflict on health is devastating,” he said at the start of a special session of the World Health Organization’s executive committee in Geneva.
The Council later adopted a resolution to expand humanitarian aid exports.
Tedros again called for a humanitarian ceasefire that could help civilians at risk of death due to lack of basic supplies.
More than 17,700 people have died in the Gaza Strip, according to the Hamas Health Ministry.
About 1.9 million of the Gaza Strip’s total population of 2.2 million were displaced, and tens of thousands of homes were destroyed.
During the session, Tedros condemned the Hamas attack on Israel that left 1,200 people dead and 240 kidnapped, and said he understood Israel’s anger, sadness and fear.
Tedros added that he understands the anger, sadness and fear of the people of Gaza, who have suffered for 16 years under the Israeli blockade and are now suffering the destruction of their families, homes and the life they knew. .
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