Saturday, July 31, 2021

UN, US and UK call for more protection for civilians caught in violence between Israel & Palestinian militants

The UN, US and UK have called for more protection for the civilians caught in intense violence between Israel and Palestinian militants.

International concern was sparked after the Footage of children being pulled from the rubble in Gaza and people running for shelter surfaced.

The conflict is now in its second week, with little sign of a ceasefire.

More than 212 people, including 61 children, have died in Gaza, and 10, including two children, in Israel.

Israel says most of those killed in Gaza are militants and that any civilian deaths are unintentional. However, Hamas, the militant group that runs the territory, does not acknowledge this.

Sirens were sounding again last night in Israel, with rockets incoming in the south and north, close to the Lebanese border.

Israeli leaders have also, again, vowed to keep up their campaign.There is mounting international concern over the violence. The world leaders and humanitarian organisations are urging for measures to be taken to avoid residents being hurt, killed, or having their lives upended by the destruction.

In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said Israel must avoid civilian causalities, but he expressed concern that Hamas is again using civilian infrastructure and populations as cover for its operations.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged both sides to protect civilians, especially children, while reiterating that Israel as a democracy has an extra burden to do so.

The United Nations has also expressed concerns about the damage to infrastructure in the already impoverished Gaza Strip, which is home to two million people. The UN said that 40 schools and four hospitals had been completely or partially destroyed in recent days. It also warned that fuel supplies there were running out, threatening basic services.

The World Health Organization’s emergencies chief, Dr Mike Ryan, said all attacks on healthcare needed to stop immediately.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for an end to the fighting, while speaking to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. According to her spokesman, however, she reaffirmed Israel’s right to defend itself against the attacks..

France and Egypt too are amongst the other nations calling for an immediate ceasefire.

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