UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that the escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip places the besieged enclave on the “brink of war”, as he urged Israel and Hamas to recommit to a 2014 ceasefire.
The UN chief said in a report obtained by news agencies that he is “shocked” by Israel’s use of live fire since border protests began in Gaza on March 30.
He said its military has “a responsibility to exercise maximum restraint” except as a last resort.
The report was sent to the council last week in advance of a meeting on Tuesday on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“The killing of children, as well as of clearly identified journalists and medical staffers by security forces during a demonstration are particularly unacceptable,” Guterres said.
“They must be allowed to perform their duties without fear of death or injury.”
Israel has not yet responded to the accusations.
Guterres also told the Security Council that he “unequivocally condemns