June 12, 2024

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The High Commissioner for Human Rights condemns the horrific attacks on schools in Gaza

The High Commissioner for Human Rights condemns the horrific attacks on schools in Gaza

Referring to images of the attack on Al Fakhoura School north of the enclave, the actor urged that “humanity must come first, and there is an urgent need for a ceasefire for humanitarian reasons at the present time.”

He said these clearly show a large number of women, children and men who were seriously injured or killed.

Türk expressed regret for the attacks on at least three other schools housing internally displaced Palestinians in the past 48 hours, as well as for the testimonies of humanitarian workers who arrived at Al-Shifa Hospital the day before, who described the place as a “dead zone.”

The head of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights asked: “Doctors, staff, patients and civilians have left the hospital, forced by the Israeli army, and hundreds more are walking on foot towards southern Gaza. But where to, if there is no safe place in the Strip?” .

He also warned that even in cities in the south of the Gaza Strip, such as Khan Yunis, the Israeli army is launching attacks and forcing displaced Palestinians to leave certain places that are considered military targets for the Israeli army.

He stressed that “international humanitarian law includes the principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution when carrying out attacks, and failure to adhere to them may constitute a war crime.”

The World Health Organization warned that about 75% of hospital centers (25 out of 36) are not working in Gaza amid the ongoing attacks launched by the Tel Aviv army.

For their part, the Palestinian authorities estimate that since October 7, more than 12,000 civilians have lost their lives and 32,200 others have been injured.

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In Gaza alone, the death toll exceeded 11,800, including 4,900 children, 3,155 women, and 690 elderly people, a number that does not include 3,750 missing people buried under the rubble.