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Gaza: bombing leaves at least 22 dead and 45 injured, according to Red Cross

Gaza: bombing leaves at least 22 dead and 45 injured, according to Red Cross

Gaza: bombing leaves at least 22 dead and 45 injured, according to Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said 22 people died this Friday in Link in a bomb attack that damaged his office, in an area where there are hundreds of displaced people living in tents.

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The ICRC did not specify who fired the “large-caliber projectiles”, but in a statement on social media X said they “damaged the structure of the ICRC office”.

It reported that 22 bodies and 45 wounded were taken to a nearby field hospital after the bombing and that there were “reports of additional casualties.”

The Health Ministry of the Hamas-ruled Palestinian territory said 25 people were killed and 50 injured in the attack, which it blamed on Israel.

The ministry said Israeli bombings “targeted the tents of displaced people in the Al-Mawasi area”, which is around the ICRC base.

An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson said that “an initial investigation suggests that there is no indication that the IDF carried out an attack in the Al-Mawasi humanitarian zone.”

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“The incident is under analysis,” the spokesperson explained to AFP.

The ICRC stated: “Large-caliber projectiles fell just meters from the offices and residences of the International Committee of the Red Cross on Friday afternoon.”

“Firing so dangerously close to humanitarian structures, whose location is known to the parties to the conflict and which are clearly marked with the Red Cross symbol, puts the lives of civilians and Red Cross personnel at risk,” the organization added.

“This serious security incident is one of several that have occurred in recent days,” he added. “In the past, stray bullets have hit ICRC structures. “We condemn these incidents that put the lives of humanitarian workers and civilians at risk.”

The ICRC has made increasingly desperate calls for Israel and Hamas to respect international law and protect civilians caught in the middle of the conflict that erupted after Hamas’ attack on Israel on 7 October.

Calling on both sides to do more to protect civilians “no matter which side they are on”, ICRC chief Mirjana Spoljaric said this represents “the line between humanity and barbarism”.

Source: Elcomercio

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