UN says Israeli bombing of Gaza refugee camp ‘an atrocity’

Israel’s attack on the Jabalia refugee camp in Gaza is just “the latest atrocity” to befall the Palestinian people living in the besieged enclave, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths has stated.

Hamas reported on Tuesday that as many as 400 Palestinians had been killed or injured by an Israeli strike on the densely populated Jabalia camp.

In a statement published on Wednesday, following his two-day visit to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Griffiths surmised that the fighting in Gaza has entered “an even more terrifying phase, with increasingly dreadful humanitarian consequences”.

“October 7th and its aftermath will leave indelible scars on the lives of millions,” Griffiths said, referring to the initial attack by Hamas militants on Israeli territories near Gaza, which claimed the lives of 1,400 people, and Israel’s response which has so far seen as many as 8,800 Palestinians killed, according to Gaza health authorities.

“This cannot go on. We need a step change,” stressed the UN official.

He further called for all hostages captured by Hamas to be released immediately and unconditionally, for both sides to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law and to stop targeting civilians.

Griffiths concluded by calling on “those with influence” to work towards a de-escalation of the conflict, warning that “failure to act now will have consequences far beyond the region”.

The United Nations’ Human Rights Office has also expressed concern that Israeli airstrikes on the Jabalya refugee camp in Gaza “could amount to war crimes”.

“Given the high number of civilian casualties and the scale of destruction following Israeli airstrikes on Jabalya refugee camp, we have serious concerns that these are disproportionate attacks that could amount to war crimes,” the office said in a social media post Wednesday.

The UN’s statement comes after the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed that a blast in the Falluja neighborhood of the Jabalya refugee camp Wednesday was due to an airstrike, following an initial airstrike on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, the director of the UN’s human rights office (OHCHR) in New York, Craig Mokhiber, described Israel’s actions in Gaza as a “text-book case of genocide” and resigned from his position, stating that the UN had “surrendered to the power of the US” and failed in its duty to prevent the killing of Palestinian civilians.

The US has so far shown little intention of pushing for a ceasefire in Gaza and has instead pledged its unending support for Israel and its right to “self-defense”.

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