UN expresses frustration over attack on media offices
Ground Report | New Delhi: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he will continue to “respond to rocket attacks with full force.”
In a televised address on Saturday, Netanyahu said the bombing would continue “as long as it is needed,” but stressed that “every effort is being made to reduce civilian casualties.”
Netanyahu also said that “it is not us who are responsible for this confrontation but the party that is attacking us.”
Tensions between Israel and Palestine have entered their seventh day and are currently showing no signs of abating.
Three more Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza on Sunday morning. According to Palestine, 148 Palestinians have been killed so far in the conflict since Monday, while Israel says ten of its citizens, including two children, have been killed.
Israel says dozens of those killed in Gaza were militants, while Palestinian officials say 41 children were among those killed.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday expressed deep frustration over the killing of civilians in Gaza and the attack on international media offices.
A spokesman for Antonio Guterres said in a statement that the secretary-general “deeply regrets” the growing number of civilian casualties, including the deaths of ten members of the same family, including children, as a result of an Israeli airstrike on the Shati camp in Gaza.
The statement also said that Antonio Guterres was “deeply disturbed” by the devastation caused by the Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, which included several international media offices as well as residential apartments.
According to the statement, the Secretary-General reminded all parties that targeting civilians and the media is a violation of international law and should be avoided at all costs.
The UN Security Council has called for a meeting on Sunday to review the situation.
On the other hand, US President Joe Biden has called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after another day of violence in the tense tensions between Israel and Palestine.
The international community has called for an end to growing tensions between Israel and Palestine in the region.
On Saturday, Israel destroyed a multi-story building in Gaza in an airstrike that housed the offices of the international broadcaster Al Jazeera and the American news agency Associated Press, while Israel raided a refugee camp on Saturday. Eight children and two women were killed in the attack.
This has been the most violent conflict between Israel and the Palestinians since 2014.
The multi-storey building that was targeted on Saturday had several residential apartments in addition to Al Jazeera’s office, as well as the offices of several other local and international broadcasters.
Israel has claimed that Hamas had “military assets” in the building.