Monday, February 26, 2024

The US reminds Israel of its responsibility to protect civilians

The United States reminded Israel on Wednesday that it has a responsibility to protect civilians after at least nine people were killed and 75 injured at a UNRWA refugee center in the southern Gaza Strip.

“Although we do not have all the details of what happened and we will continue to seek more information about the current events, the loss of every innocent life is a tragedy,” Adrienne Watson, White House National Security spokeswoman, said in a statement.

Israeli troops have focused their attacks on Khan Younis, where they believe Hamas leaders are hiding, and continued their attacks on Wednesday for the third consecutive day. besieging the two main hospitals in the region: Al Amal, home to some 7,000 people displaced by the violence, as well as hundreds of wounded, and Naser, whose services are on the brink of collapse.

“The USA is unwavering in support of Israel’s right to self-defense (…) against Hamas terrorists who hide among the civilian population and want to destroy the State of Israel. But Israel still has a responsibility to protect civilians, including humanitarian personnel and facilities,” Watson said.

The war between Israel and Hamas broke out on October 7, 2023, after the Islamist group’s attack against Israeli territory left 1,200 dead. Since then, the Israeli Army has launched a strong offensive in the Strip that left more than 25,700 pesos (including more than 10,000 children) and 63,740 injured, 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 policy, Sasha Baker.

At that meeting, according to the Pentagon, the situation in Gaza was analyzed, including Israel’s transition to targeted operations while maintaining military pressure on Hamas, ensuring greater humanitarian aid to the civilian population, and the need to protect civilians.

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