Gaza fighters fire rockets at Israel on May 10, 2023. Photo/REUTERS
GAZA – The Human Rights Agency (HAM) of the United Nations (UN) said it was “worried” by the escalation of hostilities in Gaza this week.
Attacks on Gaza by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have killed civilians, including women and children. One death has been reported after a Palestinian armed group fired rockets into Israel.
The tense situation continues to be felt in Gaza after the air strikes from Israel. Tensions are expected to continue to increase.
Since Tuesday, a total of 28 Palestinians have been killed and dozens more injured in Gaza, according to data verified by the United Nations. About three senior members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad were among those killed.
“The buildings attacked by the IDF reportedly included residential apartments, raising serious concerns as to whether these attacks complied with the principles of distinction and proportionality,” said a statement by the UN Human Rights Agency released on Thursday (11/5/2023).
“We are concerned about whether the IDF took sufficient precautions to avoid, and in any way minimize, loss of civilian life, injury to civilians and damage to civilian objects,” the UN agency said.
The UN human rights agency added, “The indiscriminate launch of rockets from Gaza into Israel, endangering Israeli and Palestinian civilians, violates international humanitarian law.”
“We urge all parties to take steps to de-escalate, and carry out prompt and transparent investigations into all killings, especially of civilians,” the agency said.