Germany calls Israel’s targeting of displaced people in Rafah a ‘mistake’

Germany calls Israel’s targeting of displaced people in Rafah a ‘mistake’
Germany calls Israel’s targeting of displaced people in Rafah a ‘mistake’

AA/ Berlin/ Erbil Başay, Baybars Can

German government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit called Israeli bombings targeting displaced people in the southern Gaza town of Rafah a “mistake.”

This was in response to a question posed at a press conference in the capital Berlin on Monday about “whether or not the Israeli bombing of a displaced persons camp constitutes a violation of international laws.”

“No matter what, a mistake was made, we can say that from now on,” Hebestreit said.

The spokesperson stressed that German officials had called on Israel to respect international law in its defense against Hamas.

He added that the German government will definitively condemn the targeting of the displaced persons camp in Rafah, when there is evidence indicating that a crime has been committed.

On Sunday evening, 45 Palestinians were killed and dozens injured, most of them children and women, in an Israeli bombardment targeting the tents of displaced people in the Tal al-Sultan area, northwest of Rafah, although it was one of the areas that the Israeli army claimed to be “safe” and where people could settle.

Anadolu correspondent asked: “You mentioned that the decision of the International Court of Justice is binding. The Court ordered to stop the attack on the city of Rafah. Do you support this decision and Do you extend a similar invitation to Israel?”

In his response, Hebestreit said German Chancellor Olaf Scholz had warned at a meeting in Jerusalem, attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, against attacking the city of Rafah.

“We have repeated this request several times and we are committed to it,” he added, continuing: “Israel has the right to defend itself in accordance with international law.”

With the approval of 13 of its members and the rejection of 2 members, the International Court of Justice on Friday issued new provisional measures demanding that Israel immediately stop its attack on Rafah, keep the Rafah crossing open to facilitate entry aid to Gaza and submit a report to the Court within one month on the measures taken in this regard.

Since May 6, Israel has launched a ground attack on Rafah, during which it occupied the border crossing with Egypt, thereby closing the passage to aid and the sick.

The attack forced around 900,000 Palestinians to flee Rafah, where there were around 1.5 million people, including around 1.4 million displaced from other areas of the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli war on Gaza, since October 7, has left more than 117,000 Palestinians dead and injured, mostly children and women, and around 10,000 missing amid massive destruction and famine that has claimed the lives of children and the elderly.

*Translated from Arabic by Malèk Jomni

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