The head of the Arab League “demanded” today the “immediate cessation of military operations” in the Gaza Strip and the creation of “corridors” to give aid to the population, during the tenth day of war between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, which has caused the death of thousands of people.

“We demand the immediate cessation of military operations and the opening of safe corridors to provide aid to the population,” Ahmed Abul Hait said during a meeting of Arab justice ministers in Baghdad.

Since October 7, Hamas’s surprise attack on Israel and the Israeli army’s retaliatory shelling of Gaza have left thousands dead and a million displaced on both sides.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced shortly before Abul Hait’s remarks that there is no “truce” at this stage between Israel and Hamas.

More than a million people have fled the northern Gaza Strip as Israel today continued to build up troops on the outskirts of the Palestinian enclave for a possible ground offensive against Hamas.

“The occupying army (s.s.: the Israeli army) announced right from the start that neither food, nor water, nor fuel will be allowed to enter Gaza, thus depriving the Palestinians of their humanity and opening the way to ethnic cleansing,” Abul Ghait continued.

According to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA, an “unprecedented catastrophe” is underway in the Gaza Strip.

Yesterday, Sunday, Ahmed Abul Hait and the head of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki, had warned that the ground operation which the Israeli army appears to be preparing “could lead to a genocide of unprecedented proportions”.