US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller refused to consider the Israeli bombing of civilians in the Gaza Strip a war crime, and he also evaded answering questions about why Washington did not condemn the Israeli bombing of the Jabalia camp in the northern Strip. GazaWhich led to the martyrdom of hundreds of Palestinians.
This came during Miller’s response to journalists’ questions in a press conference held today, Thursday, about the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip, which led to the killing of more than 9,000 Palestinians, most of them children and women, and the wounding of more than 21,000 others.
In response to a question about the United States’ assessment of the extent of Israel’s commitment to the international laws of war, especially after the two massacres committed by Israel in its bombing of the Jabalia refugee camp, Miller said that Israel adheres to the law of war in the attacks it launches on the Gaza Strip.
The US State Department spokesman added, “I am not in a position to make an assessment about the attack, nor can I make an assessment about other attacks.”
In response to another question about whether the US State Department considers what Israel is committing in Gaza to be war crimes, Miller said that the department does not currently have an assessment in this regard.
He also responded to a question about the reasons for the United States not condemning the killing of hundreds of civilians in the Israeli bombing of the Jabalia camp. He said that the American administration feels very sorry for the killing of civilians, and will continue to alert the Israelis to the need to reduce the harm caused to civilians.
The occupation army committed two horrific massacres in Jabalia, north of Gaza, over the past few days, the last of which was on Tuesday, October 31, when Israel bombed a residential neighborhood adjacent to the Indonesian hospital, causing massive destruction to the neighborhood and leading to hundreds of martyrs and wounded, according to the Ministry of Health in Gaza.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations expressed António Guterres He expressed his “shock” at the Israeli bombing for the second day in a row on the Jabalia camp, which houses 116,000 Palestinian refugees in the northern Gaza Strip.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Wednesday that the Israeli bombing of Jabalia camp “may amount to war crimes given the large number of civilian casualties and the extent of the destruction it caused.”