By Alex Crawford, special correspondent in Egypt
The group of UN envoys arrived at Arish airport in Egypt, near the border with Gaza.
They are here to see for themselves, as much as they can, what the effects of the war are in terms of victims and humanitarian aid.
The United Arab Emirates quickly organized this trip, unprecedented in scale and involvement. It is certainly the first of its kind organized since the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7.
The UAE’s ambassador to the UN, Lana Nusseibeh, told Sky News that events on the ground were “the worst in decades”.
“This is a critical moment in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and a real fragmentation of peace in the region,” she said.
“October 7 was unjustifiable and should not have happened, but the continued Israeli response that followed virtually decimated the Gaza Strip.
“Israel has legitimate security concerns, but its response has been disproportionate, indiscriminate and the civilian casualty rate is incomprehensible. »
The commissioner general of the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, Philippe Lazzarini said he was disappointed that a ceasefire had not been reached, but said nations “should not give up”.
“There will be further discussions at the assembly, but in the meantime we really need to focus on increasing the meaningful, uninterrupted and large-scale supply of basic goods to Gaza. »
As the sole Arab representative on the UN Security Council, the UAE voices the concerns of the Arab world and many other countries beyond.
Representatives on the trip include representatives from Russia, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Japan and China, but not the United States, whose veto defeated the ceasefire resolution. France is not there either.