UN Secretary-General ‘deeply concerned’ by the Israeli attack on media buildup in Gaza

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was “appalled” by civilian casualties in Gaza and “deeply alarmed” by Israel’s attack on a building with international media outlets, a spokesman said on Saturday in response to questions from journalists.

The comments came when Israel bombarded the Gaza Strip with air strikes, killed 10 members of an extended family, and demolished the 13-story Gaza building that housed Qatar-based Al Jazeera and The Associated Press news agency, with Palestinian militants firing rockets.

The Secretary-General is appalled at the increasing number of civilian casualties, including the deaths of ten members of the same family, including children, as a result of an Israeli airstrike last night at the al-Shati camp in Gaza, allegedly targeting a Hamas leader, ”said his spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, in the written response to questions about the Israeli airstrikes in Gaza.

Guterres “was also deeply concerned by the destruction by an Israeli airstrike today of a tall building in Gaza City that housed the offices of several international media organizations and residential apartments,” Dujarric continued.

“The Secretary-General reminds all parties that any attack on civil and media structures is against international law and must be avoided at all costs,” he said.

Israeli air and artillery strikes on Gaza have killed 145 people, including 41 children, and injured another 1,100 since Monday, health officials say, the worst violence in the region since 2014.

Palestinian armed groups fired at least 2,300 missiles at Israel, killing 10 people, including a child and a soldier, and injuring more than 560 Israelis. Israeli air defense has intercepted many missiles.

US Secretary of Israel-Palestinian Affairs Hady Amr would hold talks with Israeli leaders on Sunday before meeting with Palestinian officials to seek “lasting calm,” the State Department said.

The UN Security Council was scheduled to meet on Sunday to discuss the violence.

(AFP)

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