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United Nations: 14 Israeli attacks during the distribution of emergency aid in Gaza

United Nations: 14 Israeli attacks during the distribution of emergency aid in Gaza

– From mid-January to the end of February, at least 14 incidents were documented in which people gathered to receive urgently needed emergency aid at the entrances to Gaza City came under fire from automatic weapons and grenades. This was stated by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

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– Israel's choice of methods and means of war has caused a humanitarian catastrophe, according to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The High Commissioner emphasizes that attacks against civilians in connection with the distribution of emergency aid could constitute a violation of international law and must be immediately subject to an independent and comprehensive investigation.

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Israel refuses

On Thursday morning, at least 112 Palestinians were killed and 760 others injured when a convoy of trucks loaded with emergency aid arrived on the outskirts of Gaza City. Doctors in many hospitals that received the wounded stated that the vast majority of the victims were injured by gunshot wounds.

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Israel maintains that soldiers opened fire, but denies shooting at people and claims that most of the victims were run over or trampled on by others in the ensuing chaos.

“Despite the accusations, soldiers did not open fire on those who were searching for emergency aid,” Israeli army spokesman Daniel Hagari said on Thursday.

– We did not fire on the relief column, neither from the air nor from the ground. He added: We secured it so that it could reach northern Gaza.

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was shot

Palestinian eyewitnesses confirmed that several people were injured during the chaos, but said it happened when Israeli soldiers opened fire.

– I saw people falling to the ground after being shot, and others took food and ran for their lives, says Muhammad Al-Shuli. New York times.

He adds that some were hit by trucks during the chaos.

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The newspaper also spoke with photographer Muhammad Hamouda, who was present at the scene of the accident. He says that Israeli tanks fired their machine guns directly at the crowd that was running towards the trucks.

Shotgun hit

Kamal Adwan Hospital received twelve dead and about 150 wounded. According to Dr. Eid Sabah, who spoke to The New York Times, 95% of them were injured by gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen.

AP News Agency The director of Al Awda Hospital spoke and said that they received 172 wounded people after the accident.

He added that 142 of them were injured by gunshots, while 34 were injured after being beaten or trampled.

United Nations representatives confirm I also saw people with gunshot wounds in hospitals after the incident.

It shouldn't happen

No matter how people lost their lives, it happened while trying to get food, says USAID chief Samantha Power. React strongly to the incident.

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– Such things cannot happen. She told the New York Times: Desperate civilians trying to get food for their hungry families should not be shot.

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Complete collapse

These murders are the result of the complete collapse of public order in Gaza, which was declared by the UN Secretary-General in December 2023, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said.

– As the occupying power, Israel has a duty to provide sufficient food and medical care to the population. If they are unable to do so, Israel has a duty to facilitate humanitarian aid work, including by ensuring the safety of those who carry out such work, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said.

– Available information indicates that Israel does not adhere to these obligations.