Israel-Gaza, Guterres invokes Article 99 of the UN Charter for the first time: what it is

The UN Secretary General: “I urge the Council to help avoid a humanitarian catastrophe and I appeal for a humanitarian ceasefire to be declared”

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres invoked art. 99 of the United Nations Charter, thus alerting the Security Council to the humanitarian situation in Gaza and urging the body to promote a ceasefire. Israel’s military operation against Hamas is underway in the Strip following the October 7 attack.


Citing Article 99 in a letter to the Security Council, the UN chief uses what is considered the most powerful diplomatic tool he has at his disposal to bring any issue to attention which, in his opinion, could threaten the maintenance of international peace and security.

“The secretary general – reads article 99 – may bring to the attention of the Security Council any matter which, in his opinion, may threaten the maintenance of international peace and security”, reads the article.

“I have just invoked Article 99 of the United Nations Charter, for the first time in my mandate as Secretary General – says Guterres in a post on ‘X’ – Faced with the serious risk of collapse of the humanitarian system in Gaza, I urge the I recommend helping to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe and call for a humanitarian ceasefire to be declared.”


Meanwhile, today Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu in a post on X reiterated: “As long as I remain head of government, the Palestinian Authority will not be in charge of the Gaza Strip”. Netanyahu thus responded to a Sky News report, in which President Mahmoud Abbas said he was willing to accept control of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

“As long as I am the prime minister of Israel, this will not happen. Those who educate their children about terrorism, finance terrorism and support families of terrorists will not be able to govern Gaza after eliminating Hamas,” the prime minister wrote. Netanyahu has insisted in recent days that he will prevent any Palestinian Authority influence on the Gaza Strip after the end of the military operation against Hamas, believing the two entities are united in their commitment to destroy the State of Israel.

According to ‘Channel 12’ reports, Netanyahu then said that the IDF “is surrounding the house of Yajya Sinwar”, the leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip. “It’s only a matter of time before we get him.” “Last night,” he underlined, “I said that our forces can reach any part of the Gaza Strip. Now they are surrounding Sinwar’s house. His house is not his fortress, and he can escape, but it’s just a matter of time before we catch him.”