Outcry By UN, Red Cross And Vatican
International aid groups are accusing Israel of neglecting needy Palestinians, some of whom are trapped among rotting corpses.
The United Nations declared a suspension of its aid operations after one of its drivers was killed and two others were wounded despite driving vehicles bearing United Nations flags and coordinating their movements with the Israeli military.
The death toll in Gaza is at 750, with women and Children accounting for 40% of the dead. The UN says it’s being told by Gaza authorities that among the 758 fatalities are 257 children and 56 women. Among the injured are 3100, 1080 of which are children, and 15% of which are women.
The International Committee of the Red Cross reported finding what it called shocking scenes on Wednesday, including four emaciated children next to the bodies of their dead mothers. In a rare and sharply critical statement, it said it believed that “the Israeli military failed to meet its obligation under international humanitarian law to care for and evacuate the wounded.”
Cardinal Ranato Martino, the head of the Council for Justice and Peace at the Vatican says Gaza “is looking more and more like a concentration camp.”
While noting that Hamas rockets into Israel were “certainly not sugared almonds” he called the situation in Gaza “horrific” and said conditions there went “against human dignity.”Click here for reuse options!
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