“He calls on Hamas to cooperate with the Egyptian initiative, and urges all sides to build on this opening of a diplomatic channel. All parties must respect international humanitarian law.”
The United Nations for its part will continue to provide the humanitarian aid that is so needed in Gaza, Haq said. According to him, the UN chief on Sunday had a telephone conversation with Egyptian President Abd Al Fattah Al-Sisi in order to express support to his peace initiative.
“The numbers are increasing by the hour,” Sami Mshasha of the UNRWA told a news conference in Geneva. “We also notice that a good number of those killed and injured are women and children, and that is a cause of concern for UNRWA,” he said, speaking by phone from Jerusalem. Mr. Mshasha added that 560 homes were completely destroyed and thousands of other buildings damaged in Israeli airstrikes. Since the latest hostilities began a week ago, senior UN officials and the Security Council have called on the parties to de-escalate the situation, restore calm, and reinstitute the November 2012 ceasefire that ended eight days of violence in Gaza and Israel.
Haq said that Israeli Air Force often target UN facilities. As of Monday, 47 UNRWA facilities were damaged, he specified. The facilities of this agency in Gaza include 20 schools where 17,000 people have found shelter.