In a statement released on Wednesday night (1) on X, formerly Twitter, the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) described the bombings by the Israeli army on the Jabalia refugee camp, in the north of the Gaza Strip, as “scenes of carnage” and pointed out that children were among the victims of the attacks that occurred for two days in a row.
“The scenes of carnage that occurred in the Jabalia camp, in the Gaza Strip, following yesterday’s and today’s attacks, are horrible and terrifying”, says the statement, which then points out that around 400 people have already died or been injured. children per day of conflict.
“These two attacks follow 25 days of continuous bombings that have reportedly resulted in the deaths of more than 3,500 children – not including today’s deaths – and more than 6,800 children reportedly injured. This would mean more than 400 children killed or injured per day for 25 consecutive days. This cannot become the new normal.”
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Unicef reiterates, in the note, an appeal for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire. According to the entity, refugee camps, settlements for internally displaced people and the civilians who inhabit them are all protected by International Humanitarian Law (IHL). “The parties to the conflict have an obligation to respect them and protect them from attacks”, says the text.
According to the newspaper The globe, the Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, stated on Wednesday that seven hostages died after an Israeli attack on the refugee camp the day before. Among the victims are three people “holding foreign passports”. In total, Israel’s bombings and military incursions into Gaza have already left at least 9,000 people dead in the Gaza Strip. On the Israeli side, the number of deaths since the beginning of the conflict would be around 1,400.
On Wednesday (1) the Israeli government confirmed that it had bombed the Jabalia refugee camp for the second consecutive day, a poor region that has existed since 1948 and covers around 1,400 km² and in which the majority of campers depend on aid. humanitarian.
According to the United Nations, the region has around 116,000 refugees, which increases international pressure on Israel. On Wednesday, after confirming the second day in a row of attacks, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said he was “horrified” by the situation and called for respect for International Law, which prohibits indiscriminate attacks on civilian targets.
In a statement read by UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric, Guterres called on the parties to “respect international law”. The United Nations leader says he condemns “in the strongest terms any murder of civilians.”
On social media, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights reported that, “given the high number of civilian casualties and the scale of destruction caused by Israeli airstrikes on the Jabalia refugee camp, we are seriously concerned that these are disproportionate attacks that could constitute war crimes.”
Israel, for its part, claims it killed a head of Hamas’ anti-tank unit in the bombing and that the group still holds 240 Israeli civilians hostage. In a statement this Thursday, Israeli Army spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari stated that the offensive is taking place “according to plan”.
“The forces [israelenses] continue to dismantle Hamas defense lines in northern Gaza and take control of central areas. (…) We continue to fiercely defend our northern border and attack by air or land any attempt to shoot at or infiltrate Israel.”
Editing: Rodrigo Chagas