Our Privacy Statement & Cookie Policy

By continuing to browse our site you agree to our use of cookies, revised Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can change your cookie settings through your browser.

I agree

UN chief calls for Gaza truce, cessation of hostilities in Sudan as Ramadan begins


 , Updated 22:09, 11-Mar-2024

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for "silencing the guns" in Gaza in honor of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which began Monday. 

Guterres told reporters that Ramadan celebrates "peace, reconciliation and solidarity. Yet even though Ramadan has begun – the killing, bombing and bloodshed continue in Gaza."

"My strongest appeal today is to honor the spirit of Ramadan by silencing the guns – and removing all obstacles to ensure the delivery of lifesaving aid at the speed and massive scale required. At the same time – and in the Ramadan spirit of compassion – I call for the immediate release of all hostages," he said. 

Guterres also renewed an appeal for a Ramadan cessation of hostilities in Sudan, saying fighting there must end for the sake of the Sudanese people who face hunger, horrors and untold hardships. 

"I call on political, religious and community leaders everywhere to do everything in their power to make this holy period a time for empathy, action and peace," he said.

(With input from agencies)

Search Trends