North Macedonia ‘appalled' by Israeli attack on Palestinian civilians awaiting aid in Gaza

Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani calls for ‘protection of civilians, unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid' to Gaza

12:26 - 2/03/2024 Cumartesi
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North Macedonia's Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani said on Friday that he is “appalled” by Israel's killing of more than 100 Palestinian civilians awaiting aid in Gaza.

“Such an act represents a serious breach of international humanitarian law,” Osmani said on X.

He also called for the “protection of civilians and unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid” to Gaza.

On Thursday, Israeli forces opened fire on a crowd of Palestinians waiting for humanitarian aid at the Al Nabulsi roundabout on Al Rashid Street, a major coastal road to the west of Gaza City in northern Gaza, leaving at least 112 Palestinians dead and 760 injured.

The Israeli military said an initial investigation found that Palestinians approached a military checkpoint overseeing the entry of the aid trucks when soldiers fired warning shots and shot at the legs of Palestinians who continued to move toward the troops.

Israel has launched a deadly military offensive on the Gaza Strip since an Oct. 7, 2023 attack by the Palestinian group Hamas, which Tel Aviv says killed nearly 1,200 people.

At least 30,035 Palestinians have since been killed and 70,457 others injured amid mass destruction and shortages of necessities.

Israel has also imposed a crippling blockade on the Gaza Strip, leaving its population, particularly residents of northern Gaza, on the verge of starvation.

The Israeli war has pushed 85% of Gaza's population into internal displacement amid acute shortages of food, clean water, and medicine, while 60% of the enclave's infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed, according to the UN.

Israel stands accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice. An interim ruling in January ordered Tel Aviv to stop genocidal acts and take measures to guarantee that humanitarian assistance is provided to civilians in Gaza.

#Bujar Osmani
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