Gaza war could spark broader conflict in ME: UN

GENEVA  -  The Gaza war between Israel and fighter groups is a “pow­der keg” with the potential to spark broader conflict in the Middle East, UN human rights chief Volker Turk said Tuesday.

Turk said it was imperative to take all possible measures to avoid a wider conflagration. “The war in Gaza has already generated dangerous spillover in neighbouring countries,” he said in his global update to the United Nations Human Rights Coun­cil. “I am deeply concerned that in this powder keg, any spark could lead to a much broader conflagration. This would have implications for every country in the Middle East and many beyond it.” He said that over­lapping emergencies made the spectre of spillover conflict very real, and cited the examples of Yemen and Lebanon as places where the Gaza war is having a wider effect. “The military esca­lation in southern Lebanon be­tween Israel, and armed groups is extremely worrying,” Turk said. The UN high commission­er for human rights said almost 200 people had been killed in Lebanon and some 90,000 in­ternally displaced.

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