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World Qatari Red Crescent’s Gaza office targeted by Israeli air strike

00:46  18 may  2021
00:46  18 may  2021 Source:   aljazeera.com

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An Israeli air strike targeted the Qatari Red Crescent Society (QRCS) office in Gaza , killing two Palestinians and wounding 10 others. The organisation tweeted that its offices were attacked “by the Israeli occupation forces” on Monday. More than 1,300 Palestinians were also wounded. On Saturday, an Israeli air raid demolished a building that housed international media offices , including Al Jazeera’ s , in the Gaza Strip. The attack on Monday came as international rights groups denounced Israel for its indiscriminate attacks against ambulance crews and health facilities, including a Doctors

The Israeli military launched new air raids on Gaza in the early hours of Monday local time. Dozens of attacks were carried out, the Reuters news agency’ s Gaza correspondent Nidal al-Mughrabi said on Twitter. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday spoke by phone to the foreign ministers of Qatar , Egypt, Saudi Arabia and France about the continuing violence in Israel, the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Blinken and Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani “discussed efforts to restore calm in Israel and the West Bank and Gaza in light of the tragic loss of civilian life”

An Israeli air strike targeted the Qatari Red Crescent Society (QRCS) office in Gaza, killing two Palestinians and wounding 10 others.

a man standing in front of a building: QRCS Secretary General Ali bin Hassan Al Hammadi slammed the office’s targeting as a flagrant violation of the Geneva Convention, of which Israel is a signatory [Al Jazeera] © QRCS Secretary General Ali bin Hassan Al Hammadi slammed the office’s targeting as a flagrant violat... QRCS Secretary General Ali bin Hassan Al Hammadi slammed the office’s targeting as a flagrant violation of the Geneva Convention, of which Israel is a signatory [Al Jazeera]

The organisation tweeted that its offices were attacked “by the Israeli occupation forces” on Monday.

“The Qatar Red Crescent condemns the targeting of its headquarters in Gaza [and] reaffirms the need to allow relief teams to work in accordance with international humanitarian law,” it added.

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According to the Palestine Red Crescent Society, 17 of the injured people had been shot with live bullets and eight with rubber-coated bullets. Three more people needed medical attention after inhaling tear gas. Young Palestinian women take part in a protest near the illegal Israeli settlement of Beit El, near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, on May 15, 2021 Israeli warplanes previously had already targeted several buildings in the heart of Gaza City, including the al-Johara building and the 14-storey Shorouq tower, which both house media offices as well as the 13-storey residential Hanadi tower.

Israeli airstrikes aim for strategic targets in densely populated Gaza , killing civilians even as Israel insists it takes measures to avoid them. Hamas’ s rockets, on the other hand, aim for civilian population centers but often miss the mark. Osama Soboh, a 31-year-old civil servant in Gaza City, lost his mother, Amira, and brother, Abdelrahman, when an Israeli strike on their apartment block — aimed at a militant leader — also took out his family. “This is my mom,” Mr. Soboh said by phone on Tuesday afternoon. “It’ s a very hard thing to say farewell to the most precious person you have on earth.”

QRCS Secretary-General Ali bin Hassan Al Hammadi slammed the attack as a flagrant violation of the Geneva Convention, of which Israel is a signatory.

Qatar’s foreign ministry also condemned the “Israeli occupation’s bombing of the Red Crescent Society Building”, adding that “the targeting of humanitarian and media institutions is a clear violation of international law, humanitarian norms and values”.

Supporting relief efforts

The QRCS had been working towards responding to the needs of Palestinians in Gaza amid Israel’s week-long offensive.

On Sunday, it announced the allocation of $1m aimed at supporting Palestinian families affected by the recent escalation in fighting.

The funds will be used on meeting the basic needs of the population, as well as the supply of medical supplies, including medicine and ambulances.

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In the Israeli air assault early on Sunday, families were buried under piles of cement rubble and twisted metal. Shards of glass and debris covered streets blocks away from the major downtown thoroughfare where the three buildings were hit over the course of five minutes around 1am. Israel’ s airstrikes have levelled a number of Gaza City’ s tallest buildings, which Israel alleges contained Hamas military infrastructure. Among them was the building housing the Associated Press Gaza office and those of other media outlets.

An Israeli military spokesman told the media that the tower was targeted because it housed “Hamas military intelligence,” adding that a warning was given before the strike and those inside had “ample time to evacuate.” Hamas uses “civilian media” as “human shields,” the IDF also said in a statement on Twitter. Israeli military intercepted most of the rockets and responded with massive airstrikes targeting Gaza . At least nine Israelis perished in rocket fire, while Gaza health officials reported over 100 killed on their side. Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!

At least 200 people, including 59 children, have been killed in the Gaza Strip since the latest violence began a week ago. More than 1,300 Palestinians were also wounded.

On Saturday, an Israeli air raid demolished a building that housed international media offices, including Al Jazeera’s, in the Gaza Strip.

The attack on Monday came as international rights groups denounced Israel for its indiscriminate attacks against ambulance crews and health facilities, including a Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF) crew.

“Last night, an MSF clinic in #Gaza where we provide trauma and burn treatment was damaged by Israeli aerial bombardment, leaving a sterilization room unusable and a waiting area damaged. No one was injured in our clinic, but people were killed by the bombing,” MSF said in a tweet.

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