Red Cross: International community must not turn away from humanitarian crisis in Gaza

With the conflict between Israel and Hamas entering a new stage, Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, warns the international community against the “moral failure” of turning a blind eye to the humanitarian crisis facing Gazan citizens. “I'm calling on parties and everyone who has an influence to deescalate and to find [non-military] solutions to what is an immense suffering of the people on both sides,” said Spoljaric.

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MIRJANA SPOLJARIC EGGER: We are facing a situation here that will not be healed by sending in more trucks. We need to provide protection to the civilians in Gaza-- to the women and children, to the elderly people that have nowhere to go. I was told that the North has lost its entire surgical capacity.

We have to find solutions to this. We can't turn away from what is, evidently, a moral failure in the face of the international community. I'm calling on all parties, on everyone who has an influence, to de-escalate and to find other than military solutions to what is an immense suffering of the people on both sides.

We have to protect the rights of the people. We have to protect the rights of the civilians. We have to protect the rights of the detainees. We have to protect the rights of the hostages. And there is not only a humanitarian solution to this. There must be a political one.