The Israeli occupation forces’ bombing of UNRWA-operated Al Fakhoora School in the northern Gaza Strip, which resulted in the killing and wounding of dozens of Palestinians including children, has drawn wide condemnation.
The Muslim World League condemned the continuous horrific and barbaric crimes against civilians and civilian facilities, which represent a flagrant violation of all international and humanitarian laws and norms.
It urgently called for the international community to respond immediately to this catastrophic humanitarian situation in the Palestinian territories by putting an end to the systematic crimes against innocent civilians, subjecting their perpetrators to accountability in accordance with international legitimacy, and implementing an immediate ceasefire.
MINISTRY CRITICISESThe Turkish Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned the Israeli attack.
The attack is more “evidence” that Israel “deliberately and ruthlessly targeted the civilian population, especially children, in Gaza,” the ministry said in a statement yesterday. The international community should no longer “turn a blind eye to Israel undermining law and all humanitarian values with the grave crimes it has committed.
It is imperative to immediately declare an unconditional and lasting ceasefire in Gaza. We call on every conscientious member of the international community to take the necessary steps in this direction,” the ministry stressed.
GCC Secretary-General Jasem Mohamed al-Budaiwi expressed his strong condemnation of the bombing of the Al Fakhoora School.
He stated that this aggressive act, which targeted innocent civilians, constitutes a clear violation of international humanitarian laws, treaties, and values, adding that it goes against all ethical and humanitarian principles. He reiterated his complete rejection of any deliberate targeting of the lives of innocent civilians, calling for an immediate ceasefire.
He stressed the importance of ensuring the protection of civilians, relief facilities, and humanitarian workers. He also called for the activation of relevant international decisions and the implementation of international accountability mechanisms to investigate these ongoing violations and hold the perpetrators accountable.
He affirmed the GCC countries’ commitment to their steadfast position in supporting all international efforts to achieve peace and justice, and standing in solidarity with the Palestinian people in their legitimate demands.
He called on the international community to take urgent and immediate action to put an end to these aggressive acts and to prevent further escalation that threatens regional and international stability.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said yesterday that he was deeply shocked that two UNRWA schools were struck in less than 24 hours in the Gaza Strip, killing and injuring dozens of people, including women and children.“Hundreds of thousands of Palestinian civilians are seeking shelter at UN facilities throughout Gaza due to the intensified fighting. I reaffirm that our premises are inviolable,” Guterres said in a statement.
He stressed that fighting in Gaza was causing a staggering and unacceptable number of civilian casualties and again called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire. (QNA)
Relatives of Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes mourn at Nasser hospital, in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, yesterday.
People walk near a house destroyed in an Israeli strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, yesterday, as battles continue between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas.