WASHINGTON – The United States reminded Israel on Wednesday that it has a responsibility to protect civiliansafter at least nine people were killed and 75 injured at a UNRWA refugee center in the southern Gaza Strip.
“While we do not have all the details about what happened and we will continue to seek more information about the incidents today, the loss of every innocent life is a tragedy,” Adrienne Watson, White House spokeswoman. National Security Council, said in a statement.
Israeli troops have focused their attacks on Khan Younis, where they believe Hamas leaders are hiding, and this Wednesday they continued their attacks on the two main hospitals in the region for the third time in a row. -next day: Al Amal, which is home to about 7,000 people lost in the violence, as well as hundreds injured, and Naser, whose services are on the brink of collapse.
“The United States is unwavering in its support of Israel’s right to defend itself (…) against Hamas terrorists who hide among the civilian population and want to destroy the State of Israel. But Israel remains responsible for protecting civilians, including humanitarian personnel and facilities,” Watson said.
The war between Israel and Hamas erupted on October 7, 2023 after an attack by the Islamist group against Israeli territory that left around 1,200 dead. Since then, the Israeli Army has launched a powerful offensive in the Strip that has left more than 25,700 dead (including more than 10,000 children) and 63,740 wounded, according to data from the Ministry of Health in the enclave.
This Wednesday, the director general of the Ministry of Defense of Israel, Eyal Zamir, met at the Pentagon with senior officials of the US Ministry of Defense, such as the deputy undersecretary for PolicySasha Baker.
In that meeting, according to the Pentagon, the situation in Gaza was reviewed, including the transfer of Israel to selected operations. while maintaining military pressure on Hamas and ensuring greater humanitarian aid to the civilian population, and the need to protect civilians is emphasized.
– Israel and Hamas seek agreement to reach one-month ceasefire and release hostages
– Israel says 24 of its soldiers were killed in the Gaza Strip in one day
– The United States is asking Israel for a full investigation into the death of a young American in the West Bank