Israel’s humanitarian war…


GENEVA: The International Committee of the Red Cross on Thursday accused Israeli forces of not assisting wounded people in a Gaza City neighbourhood and called the incident ‘shocking.’ On Wednesday, ICRC and Palestinian Red Crescent workers found 12 dead and at least 19 survivors, including several wounded and four weakened children, in houses hit during shelling in Zaytun, less than 100 metres from Israeli military positions, the ICRC said in a statement.

Soldiers ordered the rescue workers to leave but they refused, it added.

‘The ICRC believes that in this instance the Israeli military failed to meet its obligation under international humanitarian law to care for and evacuate the wounded,’ the unusually direct statement said.

Pierre Wettach, ICRC head of delegation for Israel and the Palestinian Territories, described the incident as ‘shocking’.

‘The Israeli military must have been aware of the situation but did not assist the wounded. Neither did they make it possible for us or the Palestine Red Crescent to assist the wounded,’ he added.

One wonders how many of the 707 deaths and 3100 injuries (so far) played out like this.

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