The massacre of more than a hundred Palestinians, killed by Israeli soldiers in the Gaza Strip while waiting for food on Thursday (29), was widely condemned around the world, a day later. The United States, China, the European Union and the UN, among others, issued statements of condemnation and demanded explanations from the Israeli government.

One of the most indignant demonstrations came from the Brazilian chancellery. Itamaraty said that “this is an intolerable situation, which goes far beyond the necessary determination of responsibility for yesterday’s deaths and injuries.”

In addition to expressing solidarity with the Palestinian people and repudiation of military actions against civilians, the MRE recalls that the growing desperation, hunger and thirst of the inhabitants of Gaza have been denounced for some time, but “still, the inaction of the international community in the face of this humanitarian tragedy continues to serve as a veiled incentive for the Netanyahu government to continue targeting innocent civilians and ignoring basic rules of international humanitarian law.”

“Cynical and offensive statements to the victims of the incident, made hours later by a senior official in the Netanyahu government, should be the last straw for anyone who truly believes in the value of human life. The Netanyahu government once again shows, through actions and statements , that military action in Gaza has no ethical or legal limits.”

Around the world

In the USA, President Joe Biden acknowledged that the massacre makes truce negotiations for the entry of humanitarian aid and the exchange of hostages difficult. Biden demanded answers from the Netanayahu administration and a full investigation.

The European Union also called for the incident to be investigated. The governments of France and Germany – a country that generally avoids direct criticism of Israel – increased individual requests for answers.

Spain and Italy highlighted the “urgent” need for a truce. China also made a similar appeal, demanding guarantees that the people of Gaza receive humanitarian aid. India – one of Israel’s biggest allies in Asia – said it was “deeply shocked by the deaths of civilians waiting for help”.

In the Middle East, Saudi Arabia – a country that, shortly before the Hamas attacks in October, was close to signing a historic agreement recognizing Israel – condemned “the occupation forces’ attacks on defenseless civilians.” The Arab League said the attack “contempts human life” and Qatar – one of the negotiators of the possible truce – called for “international action to immediately end the aggression [israelense]”.

On Thursday, the UN Security Council met behind closed doors to discuss the incident in an emergency meeting.

O massacre

Israeli soldiers fired at a crowd of Palestinians who gathered in Gaza City to receive humanitarian aid this Thursday. Israel admitted that the military shot at the hungry because they felt “threatened”.

In the ensuing confusion, more than 700 people were injured, either by bullets or trampled on. Witnesses told Agence France Press (AFP) that they saw thousands of people running towards humanitarian aid trucks that were approaching the Nablus roundabout, west of Gaza City, the main city in the north of the territory.

The incident did not stop Israel from continuing its military operations against Palestine. During the early hours of Friday, new Israeli bombings were recorded against Gaza, particularly in Khan Yunis and Rafah, in the south of the territory, where thousands of people seek refuge.

Nighttime bombings and fighting between Israeli soldiers and Hamas guerrillas were reported in Gaza City and Khan Yunis. Palestinian sources say that at least 193 people were killed in the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 30,228 dead.

Gaza Strip / Brazil in fact

Editing: Rodrigo Durão Coelho


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