the International Committee of the Red Cross announces 22 dead in a strike near its office in Gaza

the International Committee of the Red Cross announces 22 dead in a strike near its office in Gaza
the International Committee of the Red Cross announces 22 dead in a strike near its office in Gaza

Twenty-two people died after shots landed near International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) structures in Gaza, the humanitarian organization said on Friday (June 21).

Projectiles of “large caliber landed a few meters from the office and residences of the International Committee of the Red Cross on Friday afternoon”wrote the ICRC in the evening, on the social network “The strike damaged the structure of the ICRC office, which is surrounded by hundreds of displaced civilians living in tents”further explains the organization.

“This incident caused a massive influx of victims to the nearby Red Cross field hospital” Who “received 22 dead and 45 injured”.

The ICRC denounces “one of many serious incidents” of recent days. “Stray bullets have already hit ICRC structures,” he adds.

The health ministry of the government of the Gaza Strip, territory ruled by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, reported 25 dead and 50 injured, accusing the Israelis of having “targeted the tents of displaced civilians in Al-Mawasi”area in the south of the Gaza Strip, near Rafah.

“Firing so dangerously close to humanitarian structures, the location of which is known to parties to the conflict and which are clearly marked with the Red Cross emblem, endangers the lives of civilians and Red Cross personnel”underlines the ICRC, in its message Friday evening.

For his part, an Israeli army spokesperson told Agence France-Presse (AFP) that“an initial investigation suggests that there is no indication that a strike was carried out by the[armée israélienne] in the Al-Mawasi humanitarian zone,” adding that the incident was “under investigation.”

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Take “all possible precautions”

The ICRC recalls that under international humanitarian law, the parties to the conflict have the obligation to take “all possible precautions” to prevent loss of life among the civilian population, injury to civilians or damage to civilian objects, including humanitarian installations.

The Israeli army intensified its strikes on the Gaza Strip on Friday in which at least 30 Palestinians were killed according to doctors – before this strike near the ICRC office -, and exchanged new cross-border fire with the Lebanese Hezbollah.

The war in Gaza, triggered by a bloody attack by Hamas on October 7 against Israeli soil, resulted in the deaths of 1,194 people, the majority civilians, according to an AFP count established from official Israeli data. Of the 251 people kidnapped that day, 116 are still being held in Gaza, 41 of whom are dead, according to the Israeli army.

The ensuing Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip has so far left 37,431 dead, mostly civilians, according to data from the Gaza government’s health ministry.

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