Biden seeks a break in  Israeli attacks

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Heart-redning Gaza tragedy

Time running out to prevent ‘genocide’ in Gaza: UN

Centreline Report

WASHINGTON: The US President Joe Biden has sought a break in the Israeli attacks on the Palestinians. The President in a statement said that Israel should halt attacks for a while in order to get the hostages freed.

He however made it clear that the cessation in attacks will only be limited to safe recovery of the hostages.

Meanwhile, a group of UN-mandated human rights experts, including the special rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories, said Thursday that “time is running out to prevent genocide and humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza”.

“We remain convinced that the Palestinian people are at grave risk of genocide,” the experts said in a joint statement.

“The time for action is now. Israel’s allies also bear responsibility and must act now to prevent its disastrous course of action.”

UN special rapporteurs are unpaid, independent figures mandated by the Human Rights Council. They do not speak for the United Nations but report their findings to it as part of the council´s fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms.

“The situation in Gaza has reached a catastrophic tipping point,” the experts said, warning of the “dire need” for food, water, medicine, fuel and essential supplies and the risk of looming health hazards.

The statement was signed by Francesca Albanese, special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967.

The other signatories were the special rapporteurs on safe drinking water; food; physical and mental health; internally displaced persons; freedom of expression; and contemporary racism.