EU Condemns Settler Attacks on Gaza Aid Convoys Amid Worsening Crisis

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell condemns attacks by illegal Israeli settlers on humanitarian aid convoys heading towards Gaza. The attacks occurred on Wednesday, targeting two Jordanian convoys carrying critical supplies, amid a worsening humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

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EU Condemns Settler Attacks on Gaza Aid Convoys Amid Worsening Crisis

EU Condemns Settler Attacks on Gaza Aid Convoys Amid Worsening Crisis

The European Union has strongly condemned recent attacks by illegal Israeli settlers on humanitarian aid convoys heading towards Gaza. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell expressed his condemnation on Friday, stating, "I strongly condemn attack by settlers on Jordanian convoy bringing aid to Gaza and express solidarity with Jordan." The attacks occurred on Wednesday when two Jordanian convoys carrying food, flour, and other critical supplies were targeted by settlers as they attempted to enter Gaza through the Erez crossing.

Why this matters: The attacks on humanitarian aid convoys highlight the dire need for international intervention to protect civilians and ensure the safe passage of life-saving aid in conflict zones. The worsening crisis in Gaza also underscores the importance of holding accountable those responsible for human rights violations and working towards a just and lasting resolution to the conflict.

Borrell emphasized the severity of the situation, saying,"It is despicable that people who lack nothing stop food reaching those in need. "He called on Israel to take responsibility and "ensure safe delivery of aid" to the besieged Palestinian territory. The US State Departmentalso urged Israel to prevent further attacks on aid convoys, with spokesperson Matthew Miller stating,"Israel should prevent further attacks on aid convoys bound for Gaza."

The attackscome amid a worsening humanitarian crisis in Gaza, as the Israeli war on the territory enters its 209th day. According to Palestinian health authorities, at least 34,596 Palestinians have been killed, with 70% being babies, children, and women. Over 77,816 injuries have also been reported. The war has pushed 85% of Gaza's population into internal displacement, with acute shortages of food, clean water, and medicine.

The UNand humanitarian partners have warned against Israel's potential ground attack on Rafah, a crucial center for aid operations in southern Gaza. UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric stated,"Rafah is absolutely central to our ongoing efforts to provide food, water, health, sanitation, hygiene, and other critical support to people across Gaza. "The Palestine Red Crescent Society recently resumed partial operations at the Al Amal Hospital in Khan Younis after it was out of service for over a month following an Israeli army raid.

Palestinian advocacy groups have also reported the death of Dr. Adnan Ahmed Atiya al Barsh, a top Gaza surgeon, while in Israeli custody. They allege he died due to torture during his detention. Israel stands accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice, with an interim ruling in January ordering Tel Aviv to stop genocidal acts and guarantee humanitarian assistance to civilians in Gaza. However, hostilities have continued, and aid deliveries remain insufficient to address the unfolding catastrophe.

The attacks on humanitarian convoys and the dire situation in Gaza underscore the urgent need for international intervention to protect civilians and ensure the safe passage of life-saving aid. As the death toll mounts and the humanitarian crisis deepens, the international community faces increasing pressure to hold Israel accountable for its actions and work towards a just and lasting resolution to the conflict.

Key Takeaways

  • EU condemns attacks by Israeli settlers on humanitarian aid convoys heading to Gaza.
  • At least 34,596 Palestinians killed, 77,816 injured in 209-day Israeli war on Gaza.
  • 85% of Gaza's population internally displaced, facing acute shortages of food, water, and medicine.
  • International community urged to hold Israel accountable for human rights violations.
  • UN warns against Israel's potential ground attack on Rafah, a crucial aid operations center.