UN chief, Canadian foreign minister call for end to Gaza ‘horror’

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has joined a chorus of condemnation following an Israeli strike on Gaza’s southern city of Rafah, saying Monday that the attack “killed scores of innocent civilians who were only seeking shelter from this deadly conflict.”

“There is no safe place in Gaza. This horror must stop,” Guterres adds in a social media post.

Hamas-run health authorities in Gaza say 45 people died when a fire ripped through a tent encampment for displaced Gazans following an Israeli strike in Rafah. Israel says it targeted and killed two senior Hamas terrorists.

Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly is also outspoken about the deaths, saying Ottawa is “horrified” and calling for an immediate ceasefire.

“Canada does not support an Israeli military operation in Rafah. This level of human suffering must come to an end,” Joly says in a posting on X.

Like most other comments from world leaders slamming Israel for the deaths, Joly’s call for a ceasefire does not include any demand that Gazan terrorists release over 120 hostages held in Gaza for some eight months.

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