ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 138

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In Gaza, Red Cross chief says suffering ‘intolerable,’ ICRC must be allowed to see hostages

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) President Mirjana Spoljaric Egger delivers remarks during a press briefing in Avully near Geneva, on June 7, 2023. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP)
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) President Mirjana Spoljaric Egger delivers remarks during a press briefing in Avully near Geneva, on June 7, 2023. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP)

The Red Cross president arrives in war-torn Gaza, calling for the protection of civilians in the Palestinian territory, where she warns that human suffering is “intolerable.”

“I have arrived in Gaza, where people’s suffering is intolerable,” Spoljaric writes on X. “It is unacceptable that civilians have no safe place to go in Gaza, and with a military siege in place there is also no adequate humanitarian response currently possible.”

Spoljaric, whose organization has faced criticism from both sides in the conflict for not providing adequate help to Israeli hostages held by Hamas and Palestinian prisoners held by Israel, insists that “all those deprived of liberty must be treated humanely.”

“The hostages must be released, and the ICRC must be allowed to safely visit them,” she says. “As a neutral actor, the ICRC stands ready to support further humanitarian agreements that reduce suffering and heartbreak.”

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