UNITED NATIONS – The head of the United Nations said Tuesday that an estimated 43,000 people have died as a result of armed conflicts in 2022 and he warned that war is devastating lives around the world.
“Last year, 94 percent of their victims in populated areas were civilians,” Antonio Guterres said during a UN Security Council meeting on the protection of civilians in armed conflicts. “The total number forced from their homes due to conflict, violence, human rights violations, and persecution reached 100 million refugees.”
And because of war and insecurity, more than 117 million people faced acute hunger.
“The terrible truth is that the world is failing to live up to its commitments to protect civilians; commitments enshrined in international humanitarian law,” he said.
Guterres demanded that those who commit war crimes be held accountable. (Anadolu)