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UN wants strengthened, empowered Palestinian govt: Spokesman

In response to the resignation of Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh, the United Nations (UN) has expressed support for a strengthened and empowered Palestinian government. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres noted the announcement of the government’s resignation, emphasizing the importance of a government that can administer the occupied Palestinian territory effectively.

The UN believes that a strong Palestinian government is crucial in the path towards establishing a fully independent, democratic, and viable Palestinian state based on the 1967 lines. The spokesman highlighted the significance of Gaza as an integral part of this vision for lasting peace. The UN remains committed to supporting efforts to address the various challenges faced by the Palestinian people, including humanitarian, political, financial, and security issues.

On the ground in Gaza, the UN reported on the evacuation of critical patients from Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, emphasizing the impact of the ongoing conflict on healthcare access and outcomes. The situation has led to tragic consequences for newborns, with mothers unable to access necessary prenatal and postnatal care due to the conflict-related challenges they face.

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The report also highlighted the continued intense Israeli bombardment across Gaza, resulting in civilian casualties, displacement, and destruction of infrastructure. The conflict has escalated with ground operations and heavy fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups. The exchange of fire has led to casualties on both sides, with rockets fired towards Israel by armed Palestinian groups.

Since October 7, 2023, the conflict has taken a devastating toll, with thousands of Palestinians killed and injured in Gaza. The Ministry of Health in Gaza reported alarming figures, underscoring the urgent need for a peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict. The UN remains actively engaged in efforts to support the Palestinian people and address the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the region.

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