The Secretary-General of the United Nations said António Guterres Today the number of civilian deaths in Gaza strip Shocking and unacceptable, once again calling for an immediate ceasefire for humanitarian reasons.
This comes while the High Commissioner for Human Rights confirmed Volker Türk The level of violence in the Strip is “unfathomable,” in light of repeated attacks on schools housing displaced people and the transformation of hospitals into “death zones.”
Guterres explained that he was “deeply shocked” by the killing and wounding of dozens, including women and children, as a result of the bombing of two of the organization’s schools in less than 24 hours in the Gaza Strip.
He pointed out that the victims “were searching for safety in buildings United nations Which must not be violated.”
Volcker said – in a statement – that “the horrific events that occurred during the past 48 hours in Gaza are beyond imagination,” noting that “the killing of such a large number of people in schools that became shelters, and the flight of hundreds for their lives from… Al-Shifa Hospital“Amid the displacement of hundreds of thousands to southern Gaza, these are actions that contradict the basic protection that must be provided to civilians under international law.”
The High Commissioner stressed that “regardless of the warnings, Israel is obligated to protect civilians wherever they are,” referring to the principles of international humanitarian law, pointing out that “failure to adhere to these rules may constitute war crimes.”
Turk also described the photos that spread after an Israeli raid on Al Fakhoura School The United Nations described it as horrific, and “clearly shows large numbers of women, children and men seriously injured or killed.”
These statements come hours after the announcement Global Health Organization Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza had become a “death zone,” and announcing that it had led an hour-long evaluation mission for the hospital, it confirmed that 25 health workers and 291 patients, including 32 children in critical condition, remained in the hospital.
A few days ago, Al-Shifa Medical Complex attracted the attention of the whole world after the occupation army besieged it and bombed its surroundings repeatedly, then stormed it later under the pretext that the Islamic Resistance Movement (agitation) uses it for military purposes, which is denied by the movement and the health authorities in the Gaza Strip.