Egypt Decries Israeli Attack on Gaza School as ‘War Crime’
Expressing profound dismay, Egypt strongly denounced the recent Israeli airstrike on Al-Fakhoura school in Jabalia refugee camp, labeling it a distressing ‘war crime.’ The Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Facebook, emphasizing the urgent need for a thorough investigation to hold those responsible accountable.
The attack on the UN Relief Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) facility not only claimed innocent lives but also triggered global outrage.
The statement conveyed Egypt’s deep concern, characterizing the Israeli assault as a deliberate affront to the UN and its foundational humanitarian principles. It underscored this event as a severe violation within a distressing series of Israeli actions disproportionately impacting Gaza’s civilian population.
In response to the distressing aftermath, Adele Khodr, UNICEF’s regional director, urgently called for an immediate ceasefire, emphasizing the imperative to shield children, schools, and shelters from the brutalities of conflict. The ongoing Israeli offensive, initiated on October 7 following a surprise attack by Hamas, has resulted in significant casualties on both sides.
While Israel reports around 1,200 casualties, Palestinian authorities cite over 12,000 deaths. Numerous buildings, including hospitals and mosques, bear the scars of destruction. The blockade imposed by Israel exacerbates the crisis, severing essential supplies to Gaza and intensifying the humanitarian plight.
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry’s statement urged swift international intervention, emphasizing the crucial need to protect Palestinian civilians. It concluded by calling on influential global entities and the UN Security Council to promptly address Gaza’s dire situation and actively contribute to forging a lasting resolution.