UN chief ‘dismayed’ by Israeli air strikes in Gaza

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Photo: Reuters.

UN Secretary-General criticizes Israeli strikes in Gaza that caused civilian casualties and demolished building with international media outlets.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Saturday he is “dismayed” by civilian casualties in Gaza and “deeply disturbed” by Israel’s strike on a building containing international media outlets, AFP reports.

The comments came after 10 members of a family were reportedly killed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza, and another air strike demolished the 13-floor Gaza building housing Al Jazeera and The Associated Press news agency.

“The Secretary-General is dismayed by the increasing number of civilian casualties, including the death of ten members of the same family, including children, as a result of an Israeli airstrike last night in the al-Shati camp in Gaza, purportedly aimed at a Hamas leader,” Guterres’ spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said, according to AFP.

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Guterres was “also deeply disturbed by the destruction by an Israeli airstrike today of a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed the offices of several international media organizations as well as residential apartments,” Dujarric continued.

“The Secretary-General reminds all sides that any indiscriminate targeting of civilian and media structures violates international law and must be avoided at all costs,” he added.

The UN Security Council is scheduled to meet on Sunday to discuss the latest escalation.

(Arutz 7).



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