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'It's more than tragic,' says UN chief about people starving in Gaza

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres visits Rafah crossing

08:55 PM | 23 Mar, 2024
UN chief visits Rafah crossing
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UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres visited the Rafah crossing on Saturday despite Israeli opposition and said it is "moral outrage" that there is a long line of blocked relief trucks on Egypt’s side of the border and people in the Gaza Strip are facing starvation. 

Guterres, who also called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire and the release of Israeli hostages held in Gaza, said it is time for Israel to give an “ironclad commitment” for unfettered access to humanitarian goods throughout Gaza. 

He told reporters in front of the gate of the Rafah crossing, an entry point for aid, the UN will continue to work with Egypt to “streamline” the flow of aid into Gaza. 

He said, “Here from this crossing, we see the heartbreak and heartlessness of it all. A long line of blocked relief trucks on one side of the gates, the long shadow of starvation on the other,” he said.

“That is more than tragic. It is a moral outrage.”

Earlier, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres arrived at El Arish Airport in North Sinai in Egypt.

Reacting to the UN chief's visit to the Rafah crossing, the Israeli foreign minister said the United Nations has become an “anti-Israeli body” under Antonio Guterres.

The Israeli minister's statement came hours after the UN chief called for a ceasefire to visit the Rafah crossing. “Under his leadership, the UN has become an anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli body that shelters and emboldens terror,” Foreign Minister Israel Katz said on X.

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 22 May 2024

 Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 22, 2024 (Wednesday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.15 for buying and 280.05 for selling.

Euro moved down to 297 for buying and 300 for selling while British Pound rate is 349 for buying, and 352.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.15 277.15
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349 352.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.45 74.2
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.34 748.34
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.51 38.91
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.45
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.3 912.3
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.34 59.94
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.11 172.11
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.13 731.13
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.98 26.28
Swiss Franc CHF 305.97 308.47
Thai Bhat THB 7.67 7.82

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