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    Volker Türk “Russia's full-scale armed attack on Ukraine, which is about to enter its third year with no end in sight, continues to cause serious and widespread human rights violations, destroying lives and livelihoods. The invasion has exacted a horrific human cost, inflicting immense suffering on millions of civilians.” 1 hour ago
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    Tymofiy Mylovanov “In 2022, the [US] administration [of Joe Biden] submitted funding requests in the spring, almost immediately after the invasion. But in 2023, it waited until mid-fall to announce what it plans to submit. Avdiivka demonstrates the cost of these political delays: human lives, lost territory, and encouraged Russia. If that's the plan 'to be with Ukraine as long as it takes', then the US delays in aid have just prolonged the war.” 3 hours ago
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    Dmytro Kuleba “The era of peace in Europe is over. And every time Ukrainian soldiers withdraw from a Ukrainian town because of the lack of ammunition, think of it not only in terms of democracy and defending the world-based order, but also in terms of Russian soldiers getting a few kilometres closer to your towns.” 3 hours ago
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Palestine

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The IPSEs are presented in chronological order based on when the IPSEs have been pronounced.

“So my message to the G20 foreign ministers this week is clear: We have been pleading with Israel, as the occupying power in Gaza, to facilitate aid delivery - to little or no avail. We have been calling for the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages - to little or no avail. We have been urging the parties to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law - to little or no avail. We have been exhorting countries which have stopped funding UNRWA to reverse their decision - to little or no avail. Today, we implore you, G20 members, to use your political leadership and influence to help end this war and save the people of Gaza. You have the power to make a difference. Use it. Your silence and lack of action will only lead to more women and children thrown into the open graves of Gaza. Humanitarian agencies are doing everything they can. Are you?”

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U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
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“There are about 300,000 people in the north and I have no idea how they've survived. What we managed to bring up there is absolutely not enough. It is pure misery. Repeatedly, when we are allowed to cross the checkpoint at Wadi Gaza to deliver food assistance, thousands of people block and unload the trucks at the risk of being shot.”

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Head of the UN humanitarian agency OCHA in the Palestinian territories
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“The situation in Gaza is an appalling indictment of the deadlock in global relations. The level of death and destruction is shocking in itself, and the war is also spilling over borders across the region and affecting global trade. Humanitarians are working under unimaginable conditions including live-fire, multiple physical obstacles … as well as the breakdown of public order.”

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Secretary-general of the United Nations
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“Reports of forcing the transfer of many patients into a different building are gravely concerning. WHO has warned many times that depriving patients of life-saving care and forcing the movement of the sick and injured could lead to the deterioration of their condition or even death. Patients' health must be prioritised and uninterrupted care in a safe environment must be ensured.”

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WHO spokesperson
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“The southern part of Gaza is one of [Hamas's] command posts, as they call them. There are strategic tunnels, they go deep, like 60 metres or so, and the tactical tunnels, which are like 20, 43 metres. In order to control these tunnels they have to work very hard, to cut these command posts or destroy them so [Hamas] loses this command as a whole, but this would be a very very difficult fight, it would take months. Israel's plan is to begin by forcing Palestinians in the city, many of whom have been displaced multiple times since the beginning of the war, to leave Rafah and move towards the coast, before launching its attacks. This would be a disaster for the civilian population in Rafah.”

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Retired general of the Jordanian air force
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“There is limited space and great risk in putting Rafah under further military escalation due to the growing number of Palestinians there. An escalation would have dire consequences.”

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Egyptian Foreign Minister
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“He [Netanyahu] is adamant about continuing to the southern tip of Gaza, where, as we've heard from our correspondent, over one million Palestinians are concentrated. This means so many things can go wrong now, in terms of the mass massacre of people, or, what we've been fearing all along, not just a massacre of people but the expulsion of the Palestinians into the Sinai. This is the time for whoever has leverage, or for whoever cares, especially those in Washington, those in London, but also those in Riyadh and Cairo, to move now, before it's too late.”

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Senior political analyst at Al Jazeera
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“My first reaction was profound distress. Injecting saltwater will definitely contaminate the aquifer and this will have long-term consequences. It would ruin the conditions of life in Gaza. If we don't react to this kind of behaviour, what's to stop any other country from doing this to another group of people in the future? What we see happening in Gaza is beyond the pale. With the definition of the Genocide Convention in mind, I think salinating the aquifer, which is the main source of water, will bring about its partial destruction. Part of it could collapse and become unusable.”

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Professor at the Geneva Graduate Institute
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“I want to emphasise our deep concern about the escalation of hostilities in Khan Younis, which has resulted in an increase in the number of internally displaced people seeking refuge in Rafah in recent days. Thousands of Palestinians have continued to flee to the south, which is already hosting over half the population of some 2.3 million people. … Rafah is a pressure cooker of despair, and we fear for what comes next.”

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Spokesman for United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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“For many, it's increased the level of panic. They don't have anywhere else to go to. This is the last refuge for Palestinians in Gaza. Beyond, it is only the Egyptian border. Gallant says the 'victory won't be complete unless the military expands into Rafah' - a city declared a 'safe zone'. For Palestinians, this means another genocide.”

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Al Jazeera’s journalist reporting from Rafah
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“My message to the Arab world, particularly to the Gulf, is where are you? Because they're making billions each day on oil revenues. A tiny fraction of those oil revenues would see UNRWA's financial problems disappear overnight. This unconscionable gap inflicted by these Western countries would be filled very quickly. Some of the most desperate people in the Middle East are now facing starvation, they're facing famine, and the Arab states need to step up to the plate.”

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Former UNRWA spokesman
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“It is shocking to see a suspension of funds to the Agency in reaction to allegations against a small group of staff, especially given the immediate action that UNRWA took by terminating their contracts and asking for a transparent independent investigation. The United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), the highest investigative authority in the UN system, has already been seized of this very serious matter.  UNRWA is the primary humanitarian agency in Gaza, with over 2 million people depending on it for their sheer survival.   Many are hungry as the clock is ticking towards a looming famine. The Agency runs shelters for over 1 million people and provides food and primary healthcare even at the height of the hostilities. It would be immensely irresponsible to sanction an Agency and an entire community it serves because of allegations of criminal acts against some individuals, especially at a time of war, displacement and political crises in the region.  UNRWA shares the list of all its staff with host countries every year, including Israel. The Agency never received any concerns on specific staff members. Meanwhile, an investigation by OIOS into the heinous allegations will establish the facts. Moreover, as I announced on 17 January, an independent review by external experts will help UNRWA strengthen its framework for the strict adherence of all staff to the humanitarian principles.  I urge countries who have suspended their funding to re-consider their decisions before UNRWA is forced to suspend its humanitarian response. The lives of people in Gaza depend on this support and so does regional stability.”

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Head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA
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“The food situation in the north is absolutely horrific. There's almost no food available and everybody we talk to begs for food.”

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World Health Organization Emergency Medical Teams coordinator in Gaza
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“We need unimpeded, safe access to deliver aid and a humanitarian ceasefire to prevent further death and suffering. Hunger would further harm the sick and make an already terrible situation catastrophic.”

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Director-General of the World Health Organization
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“We've heard a lot of calls for revenge. And we've seen calls for a general strike … where Palestinians have said all schools and public institutions will be closed to mourn al-Arouri's death. People believe that Israel assassinated al-Arouri to show its people a victory which it cannot guarantee in the besieged Gaza Strip.”

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Al Jazeera’s journalist reporting from the city of Arura
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“The numbers used by the Ministry of Health reflect verified data. Many bodies were not being recorded due to lack of information or because they did not pass through hospitals before burial. In Al-Shifa hospital, for example, there are currently no staff so no deaths were being registered. The real numbers (of casualties) are much greater than this.”

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Gaza health ministry spokesman
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“We don't have anything else. This patient should be in hospital but because of overcrowding he was transferred to the field hospital. We have dozens like this patient. We have children it's hard to treat. We change their dressings one day and the next we find infection because there is no sterilisation, there are no specialised places. There are no bin bags.”

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Surgeon in Gaza
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“Our vision is very clear: We want to stop the aggression. What is going on in the ground is a big catastrophe. Brief pauses in the conflict would not be in the interest of Hamas or Palestinians. Israel will take the card of the hostages and after that they will start a new round of mass killing and massacres against our people. We will not play this game.”

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Hamas official
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“The problem this time is different interpretations from Israel and Hamas. Hamas insists this time the deal cannot be a prisoner exchange solely - it has to be based on a permanent ceasefire.”

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Al Jazeera’s journalist
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“The only thing I could think as I stood there in this room with a massive hole in the wall was - if a child in a paediatric ward, recovering from a double amputation, cannot be safe, who can be safe and where can be safe in Gaza? Nowhere is safe for anybody. This should not be allowed to happen, the world should not allow it to happen.”

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Head of OCHA's Regional Office for Southern and Eastern Africa
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“I'm furious that children who are recovering from amputations in hospitals are then killed in those hospital. Nasser Hospital, the largest operational one left in the enclave, had been shelled twice in the past 48 hours.”

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Unicef spokesperson
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“Militants moved as close as possible to launch missiles and locally-made projectiles. But Israeli drones and other tactics were eroding their ability to surprise, even in urban areas. City fighting has become more difficult for the militants.”

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Managing editor of Egypt's Al-Ahram daily and specialist on Palestinian affairs
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“I expect public order to completely break down soon and an even worse situation could unfold including epidemic diseases and increased pressure for mass displacement into Egypt.”

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Secretary-general of the United Nations
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“This comes as hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have fled their homes and have been displaced. While the Israelis are chalking up battle plans for the southern part of the Gaza Strip, the reality is that there is no safe place in Gaza at the end of day 58 of this war. It is worth noting that the Israeli military has not shown huge military achievements or accomplishments, but rather what we have seen is a dire humanitarian catastrophe that has unfolded inside of the Gaza Strip.”

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Al Jazeera’s journalist reporting from occupied East Jerusalem
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“There should be a complete ceasefire so that the humanitarian aid can help alleviate, even if slightly, the suffering of civilians.”

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Communication Officer at International Committee of the Red Cross - ICRC
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“In the event that Israel cannot take Hamas out, the fissure between the two Palestinian political groups will deepen. Hamas would remain standing, a valiant hero for Palestinians for fighting Israel, and the PA [Palestinian Authority] would appear weak, shamed for cooperating with Israel over the years. That would kick off a vicious cycle of a seemingly weak PA inspiring more settler activity in the West Bank, which would erode the group's control of the territory more and more. This could be the beginning of the end of the PA.”

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Lecturer at Birzeit University in the West Bank
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“Only this morning, from the Qadoura family in Jabalia, 52 people have been wiped out completely, killed. I have the list of the names, 52 of them, they were wiped out completely from grandfather to grandchildren.”

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Foreign minister in the Palestinian Authority government based in the West Bank
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“There is no oxygen to supply the patients. All those on artificial respiration have died. We speak out to the free world. The Indonesian hospital has become a cemetery, not a hospital.”

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Head of the nursing department of the Indonesian Hospital
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“With winter fast approaching, unsafe and overcrowded shelters, and the lack of clean water, civilians are facing the immediate possibility of starvation.”

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Executive director of the World Food Programme
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“Doctors, nurses, ambulances and other hospital staff must be permitted to do their work and patients must be protected. Hospitals only lose those protections if it can be shown that harmful acts have been carried out from the premises. The Israeli government hasn't provided any evidence of that.”

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Human Rights Watch United Nations Director
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“The tanks are in front of the hospital. We are under full blockade. It's a totally civilian area. Only hospital facility, hospital patients, doctors and other civilians staying in the hospital. Someone should stop this. They bombed the (water) tanks, they bombed the water wells, they bombed the oxygen pump as well. They bombed everything in the hospital. So we are hardly surviving. We tell everyone, the hospital is no more a safe place for treating patients. We are harming patients by keeping them here.”

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Surgeon at the Al Shifa hospital
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“Shifa hospital now isn't working, no one is allowed in, nobody is allowed out, and if you are wounded or injured around Gaza area you can't be evacuated by our ambulance to Shifa hospital, so Shifa hospital now is out of service.”

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Doctor at Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip
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