Geneva, 7 October 2023 (TDI): UN Human Rights Chief Volker Türk has urgently appealed for an immediate end to the violence in the Israel-Gaza crisis. He urged all parties and key regional nations to prioritize de-escalation, emphasizing swift action to prevent further loss of life and bloodshed.

Increasing tensions between Israel and Hamas have intensified after a surprise attack by Hamas from Gaza, employing aerial, sea, and ground operations. In response, Israel launched a heavy bombardment on the blockaded coastal enclave.

The situation remains highly volatile, raising serious concerns about further escalation and the need for immediate de-escalation efforts

In a significant escalation of tensions, Hamas, the Palestinian armed group, has initiated ‘Operation Al-Aqsa Flood’ against Israel, marking the most serious confrontation since the 2021 war between the two sides. The situation highlights a dangerous increase in hostilities in the region.

In the escalating Israel-Gaza crisis, Hamas claimed responsibility for firing 5,000 rockets, and Israel confirmed infiltration by the group’s fighters on multiple fronts. Israeli army spokesman Daniel Hagari revealed attacks from land, sea, and air, with the initial rocket barrage occurring at 06:30 am local time (03:30 GMT)

The Israeli army initiated ‘Operation Iron Swords’ targeting Hamas in Gaza during early-morning strikes coinciding with the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah, part of the Sukkot festival. The military action intensifies the conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

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Volker Türk expressed deep shock and concern over indiscriminate rocket attacks by Palestinian armed groups on Israel, resulting in at least 22 deaths and hundreds of injuries. He is alarmed by reports of Israeli civilians being taken hostage.

Volker Türk condemned the attack on Israeli civilians and stressed that civilians should never be targeted. He expresses concern over Israeli forces’ airstrikes in Gaza, urging them to take precautions to prevent civilian casualties.

Volker Türk urges an immediate halt to violence, calling on all parties and regional powers to de-escalate and prevent further bloodshed.