UN chief says it’s time to ‘tru­ly flood’ Gaza with aid and calls star­va­tion there an out­rage

RAFAH CROSSING, Egypt (AP) — U.N. Sec­re­tary-Gen­er­al António Guter­res stood near a long line of wait­ing trucks Sat­ur­day and declared it was time to “tru­ly flood Gaza with life­sav­ing aid,” call­ing the star­va­tion inside the enclave a “moral out­rage.” He urged an imme­di­ate cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.
Guter­res spoke on the Egypt­ian side of the bor­der not far from the south­ern Gaza city of Rafah, where Israel plans to launch a ground assault despite wide­spread warn­ings of a poten­tial cat­a­stro­phe. More than half of Gaza’s pop­u­la­tion has tak­en refuge there.
“Any fur­ther onslaught will make things even worse — worse for Pales­tin­ian civil­ians, worse for hostages and worse for all peo­ple in the region,” Guter­res said.
He spoke a day after the U.N. Secu­ri­ty Coun­cil failed to reach con­sen­sus on the word­ing of a U.S.-sponsored res­o­lu­tion sup­port­ing “ …