With over 1300 dead in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, the international community led by the United Nations, has appealed time and again to both the sides to stop the fighting and enter into a dialogue.
However, resisting all criticism, Israel and Gaza have kept at it, resulting in the death of many innocent lives. The most recent bombing of of another UN run school in Gaza has evoked a strong response from the international body. The UN declared "enough is enough" on Wednesday and asked pertinent questions like where are the civilians who have been warned expected to go? "This is a moment where you really have to say 'enough is enough' and you have to search for the right words to convince those who have the power to stop this," Eliasson told reporters at the United Nations..
In a media address, that immediately followed the shelling of the school, UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) spokesperson Chris Gunness could not restrain his tears, and broke down mid-briefing on camera. In the video of his breakdown, that has since gone viral, Gunness tells Al Jazeera, "The rights of Palestinians, and even their children, are wholesale denied, and its appalling."
Watch the video here
After being discussed across social media, an unabashed Gunness tweeted his thoughts:
— Chris Gunness (@ChrisGunness) July 31, 2014
People responded to him with the same solidarity:
@ChrisGunness Thankyou UNworkers for being there, for your courage & your committment to human rights. Israel's actions are unforgivable.
— crina belevi (@sparkii) July 31, 2014
Yesterday's quote from Chris Gunness "the world stands disgraced" was brilliant. We are all responsible for world and how we choose to live.
— David Emmerson (@emmoworld) July 31, 2014
@ChrisGunness if this man non muslim/palestinian can break down at what he has seen then why cant the world and put a stop to murder?
— Aisha (@umsadia) July 31, 2014
— Zachary Alfred (@ZacAlf) July 31, 2014