Guterres "shocked" by civilian casualties in Israeli airstrike

Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres. Photo: AP.

 UN Secretary General António Guterres is "shocked" by the growing number of civilian casualties in the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis, including ten members of the same family as a result of an Israeli air strike in the camp of al -Shati in Gaza, according to his spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric.

The attack occurred in the middle of the war escalation that this Saturday entered its sixth day and that has led the UN Security Council to convene an emergency meeting for this Sunday to address the clashes in Israel and Gaza.

Dujarric further noted that Guterres is also "deeply concerned" by the destruction by an Israeli airstrike today of a building in Gaza City that housed the offices of several international media organizations, as well as residential apartments.

Among those media is the US news agency, Associated Press, whose director, Gary Pruitt, said in a statement today that a "terrible loss of life was avoided by evacuating its workers on time."

The collapse of the Al Jalaa tower, where the offices of the Al Jazeera network and other media were also located, was captured live by multiple international television networks, including those that until today broadcast from there.

According to the Israeli army, the building "contained military assets belonging to the military intelligence" of the Islamist movement Hamas.

"The Secretary General reminds all parties that any indiscriminate attack against civilian structures and the media violates international law and must be avoided at all costs," Dujarric also said in a statement.

US President Joe Biden spoke today with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and for the first time with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas about the escalation in violence and after the arrival on Friday of the US envoy to try mediate a ceasefire. EFE

 

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