The Israeli occupation focused its bombing on Khan Yunis, south of the Strip Gaza The Nasser Medical Complex and a center were targeted there For UNRWA It shelters thousands of displaced people and dozens of martyrs were killed, which was met with widespread international condemnation and American “regret.”
Al Jazeera's correspondent reported that the central and western areas of the city of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip, were subjected to violent Israeli artillery shelling, while the Ministry of Health in Gaza said that the occupation had besieged Khan Yunis' hospitals, indicating that it was committing “genocides” in the west of the governorate.
A Palestinian medical source reported that 50 Palestinians were martyred and 120 injured in an Israeli bombing that targeted the western areas of Khan Yunis during the past 24 hours.
Al Jazeera's correspondent also reported that dozens of martyrs and wounded were killed inside UNRWA's industrial headquarters – which includes thousands of displaced people west of the city of Khan Yunis – after it was bombed yesterday, Wednesday, and a large fire broke out in the tents of the displaced.
UNRWA Director in Gaza, Thomas White, said that the training center was bombed by two tanks, causing a fire to break out in it.
Al Jazeera had broadcast pictures documenting the first moments after the bombing of the center, which houses thousands of displaced people.
In a related context, I denounced United nations Yesterday, Wednesday, in a “flagrant violation” of the laws of war after the bombing of the UNRWA refugee shelter in Khan Yunis.
UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini considered that the shelter was known and its “coordinates were shared with the Israeli authorities.”
“Once again, a flagrant violation of the basic rules of war,” Lazzarini said on the X platform.
In turn, he said Stephane Dujarric Spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations said that the organization sent a team to assess the situation in the UNRWA training center in Khan Yunis, which was targeted yesterday, Wednesday, noting that the center was housing tens of thousands of displaced people.
The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Martin Griffiths, also condemned Israel's behavior in its request to evacuate Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip while continuing to bomb the city without giving the Palestinians an opportunity to leave.
Griffiths said on his account on X on Thursday that issuing orders to evacuate the besieged city and its continuous bombardment without giving the besieged people the opportunity to leave is “immoral.”
In turn, the United Nations Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Palestine, Francesca Albanese, said, “This is also a very serious international crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.”
For his part, he commented White House On the bombing that targeted yesterday, Wednesday, a shelter established by the United Nations for the displaced in Khan Yunis, he reiterated his position that Israel bears “the responsibility of protecting civilians,” while it continues its war against the Islamic Resistance Movement (agitation).
White House National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said, “We are deeply concerned about reports of strikes that hit an UNRWA facility… with subsequent reports of fires breaking out in the building,” and described the loss of innocent lives as a “tragedy.”
In turn, the US State Department expressed its “regret” for the attack, and called for the “protection” of United Nations sites.
As for the US National Security Council, it said in a statement that it was deeply concerned about reports of the bombing of an UNRWA facility in southern Gaza.
He added that Israel has a responsibility to protect civilians, including humanitarian workers and sites providing humanitarian services.
The council said in its statement that it is tragic to see children killed, injured and orphaned.
At the same time, the statement affirmed support for what it described as “Israel’s right to defend itself,” in line with international humanitarian law.
The health sector is in danger
In turn, she warned International Committee of the Red Cross The health sector in the Gaza Strip is at risk of complete closure without urgent measures being taken to maintain health services.
The committee added that less than 20% of Gaza's territory is now a refuge for more than 1.5 million people living in desperate conditions.
The International Committee of the Red Cross said that all hospitals operating in the Gaza Strip suffer from severe overcrowding and a lack of medical supplies, in addition to the scarcity of fuel, food and water, while many of them still shelter thousands of displaced families.
For his part, the Interim Humanitarian Coordinator in occupied Palestine, Jamie McGoldrick, said that Israel is preventing the entry of many medical materials into Gaza.
McGoldrick revealed that Israel added children's insulin pens to the list of prohibited materials recently, and that he does not know the reason for this decision.
UNICEF has described the Gaza Strip as the worst place for children to live in the world.
What children and their families are suffering today is a near absence of milk, and the absence of basic supplies poses a great danger to the lives and health of children.
Since October 7, 2023, the Israeli army has been waging a devastating war on the Gaza Strip that has left, to date, 25,700 martyrs and 63,740 injured – most of them children and women – in addition to massive destruction and an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe.