Gaza's destruction surpasses that sustained by German cities in World War II: EU Borrell

Ahram Online , Wednesday 24 Apr 2024

The EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, said Israel had subjected areas in the strip to greater destruction than that sustained by some German cities during World War II.

A car drives on a road lined with destroyed buidings in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. AFP


Joseph Borrell made the remarks at a plenary session of the European Parliament in the French city of Strasbourg on the bloc’s response to the killing of humanitarian aid workers, journalists, and civilians by the Israeli army.

He said the World Bank and the United Nations put the cost of rebuilding Gaza’s infrastructure at $90 billion (€84 billion). 

“We can say that more than 60 percent of the physical infrastructure has been damaged and 35 percent fully destroyed,” Borell noted.

He opened the session by saying more than 240 aid workers had been killed.

"We have to repeat once again that Israel must respect international law and ensure the protection of all civilians and all humanitarian workers,” Borell stressed.

In addition, he reaffirmed that “Israel must respect international law, implement the International Court of Justice’s provisional measures, ensure the protection of all civilians, and allow humanitarian workers to do their lifesaving job without being targeted.”

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