Egypt condemns Israel strike on Gaza refugee camp as ‘flagrant violation of int’l law'

Ahram Online , Tuesday 31 Oct 2023

Egypt condemned in the strongest terms Israel’s airstrike Tuesday on Gaza’s Jabalia refugee camp that left hundreds of Palestinians dead or injured as a “flagrant violation of international law,” according to a statement by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

This image grab taken from AFPTV video footage shows Palestinians looking for survivors in a crater
This image grab taken from AFPTV video footage shows Palestinians looking for survivors in a crater following a stike on a refugee camp in Jabalia on the northern Gaza Strip, on October 31, 2023. AFP


The statement also described the strike as “inhumane.”

Egypt urged an immediate stop to these attacks, calling on all international parties to express their condemnation “categorically without ambiguity.”

The ministry said the attack further complicates the current crisis and portends dire and hardly avoidable consequences.

Egypt has warned of the consequences of such indiscriminate attacks that target civilians at shelters, medical centres and hospitals in which they are seeking refuge from Israeli bombardment, the statement noted.

Cairo also called for the international community to assume its responsibility to protect Palestinian civilians and ensure safe, complete, and sustainable access to humanitarian aid to alleviate their burden.

The Israeli airstrike targeted residential buildings in the Jabalia camp, located in the north of the strip, with six 2,000 lb bombs, killing or injuring around 400 people, according to the Palestinian News Agency (WAFA).

On 17 October, Israel hit the Baptist Al-Ahli hospital in Gaza, killing at least 600 people, in a massacre condemned by the entire world.

Since 7 October, Israel has pummeled Gaza with airstrikes killing 8,306 Palestinians, including 3,457 children.

The bombardment has also destroyed more than half of the homes in Gaza, leaving more than 1.5 million Palestinians without shelter.

Moreover, Israel has imposed a complete blockade on the 2.3 million Palestinians in Gaza, cutting off all access to food, water, power, and fuel supplies, despite global warnings of a developing humanitarian catastrophe. 

Imposing overly strict restrictions, Israel has so far only allowed a trickle of desperately needed aid into the blockaded Palestinian territory.

Additionally, over 110 Palestinians have been killed in the occupied West Bank by Israeli raids and attacks from terrorist settlers.

Egypt’s Rafah crossing with Gaza will be opened tomorrow to receive wounded and injured Palestinians, sources informed Egyptian Extra News channel on Tuesday.

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