UNITED NATIONS (Monitoring Desk) As the deaths in Palestine rises to 145, in answer to reporters’ inquiries, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was “dismayed” by civilian casualties in Gaza and “very worried” by Israel’s raid on a building housing international media outlets.
The remarks came as Israel pounded the Gaza Strip with airstrikes, killing ten members of an extended family and razing a 13-story Gaza building that housed Qatar-based Al Jazeera and The Associated Press news agencies, with Palestinian militants retaliating with rocket fire.
The escalating number of civilian casualties, including the killing of ten members of the same family, included children, as a result of an Israeli attack in Gaza’s al-Shati camp yesterday night, concerns the Secretary-General. In a written response to questions on Israeli strikes in Gaza, his spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, said, “Supposedly aiming at a Hamas official.
The devastation of a high-rise building in Gaza City today by an Israeli airstrike that held the offices of various foreign media organisations as well as residential units,” Guterres said, according to Dujarric.
Since Monday, Israeli air and artillery raids on Gaza, the deaths in Palestine 145 people, including 41 children, and injured another 1,100, according to health officials, the region’s deadliest bloodshed since 2014.
Towards least 2,300 rockets have been fired at Israel by Palestinian armed organisations, killing ten persons, including a child and a soldier, and injuring over 560 Israelis. Many rockets have been destroyed by Israeli air defences.
Hady Amr, the US Secretary of State for Israel-Palestine Affairs, was scheduled to meet with Israeli leaders on Sunday before meeting with Palestinian officials to seek “sustained peace,” according to the State Department. The United Nations Security Council was scheduled to convene on Sunday to examine the unrest.