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Egypt calls on Israel to ‘immediately stop targeting civilians’

The call comes after an UN-administered school and a market in the Gaza Strip were struck, killing dozens including children

UN Security Council expresses “concern” over Gaza crisis, Palestinian death toll surpasses 500 (Photo Palestinian Interior Ministry Handout)
Egypt calls on Israel to stop targeting civilians in Gaza, after a UN-administered school and a marketplace in Gaza were struck
(Photo Palestinian Interior Ministry Handout)

The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemned “the continued Israeli targeting of innocent Palestinian civilians in Gaza”, and renewed calls on Israeli to exercise self-restraint, amid mounting civilian losses in the strip.

The death toll from the strike on a marketplace in Al-Shuja’iah neighbourhood in east Gaza has risen to 24 on Thursday afternoon, according to Gaza’s health ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qedra.

Egypt’s foreign ministry called on Israel in a statement on Wednesday to stop the “excessive and unjustified use of force which claims the lives of innocent civilians”, and does not “pave the way for the continuation of negotiations to reach a comprehensive and just peace settlement”.

A United Nations-administered school in Jabalia, in northern Gaza on Wednesday left at least 15 Gazans dead, including four children. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon commenting on this attack said: “I condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms. It is outrageous. It is unjustifiable. And it demands accountability and justice.”

Ban said “all available evidence points to Israeli artillery as the cause” and added that the precise location of this school had been communicated to the Israeli military 17 times, the latest being just hours before the Israeli attack. “Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children,” he said.

He said families had been instructed to seek sanctuary at UN sites in Gaza. According to the UN News Centre, some 3,300 people had been seeking shelter in this school.

Some 240,000 Gazans are now seeking shelter in UN-administered schools and other public buildings after evacuation orders by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and damage or destruction of homes has forced them to flee their houses and seek shelter elsewhere.  It is believed that another 200,000 are seeking shelter at the homes of host families, according to figures by the UN Office for coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Last week, another UN-administered school in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza, was struck killing at least 15 people and injuring more than 200. On Monday, the first day of Islamic holiday, Eid Al-Fitr, a strike at a children’s park in Al-Shati camp in Gaza killed 10 children. The strike was shortly followed by another one hitting the external clinics of Al-Shifa hospital in western Gaza.

The IDF claims that “Hamas hides their weapons in and fires from schools, hospitals and mosques.”

The IDF launched a military operation in Gaza on 7 July but the operation was escalated on 17 July when it launched a ground operation. Israel’s stated aim of the operation is to stop “Hamas rocket fire into Israel”. The IDF alleges that Hamas uses “houses as command centres” and that it “operates from within densely populated areas”.

After shelling Al-Wafa Hospital last week, the IDF said: “Because Hamas uses Wafa Hospital for military purposes, the IDF has targeted specific sites and terrorists within the hospital grounds.”

The death toll as of Thursday afternoon stands at 1,400 on the Palestinian side, while more than 8,200 have been injured. The death toll on the Israeli side has risen to 59, after three Israelis soldiers were killed on Wednesday. All but three of the Israeli deaths are those of soldiers.

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  • omega pal

    Arabs states like Egypt are laughable.The whole world is watching you.You have lost your humanity and going to subject of slavery under Israel.You have humiliated yourself and in future you won’t weigh anything in international affair.Because of political calculation you let a genocide taking place under your eyes.Whatever you hate Hamas I think we are appealed by humanity.A Palestine was only thing unifying you all Arabs in the pass but it is no longer now.Your compliance silence will never save your regime either or future state of Palestine.Israel is really succeed his strategy in the region and widen his monopoly power in all Arabs regime and it won’t take long to see you under Israel colonization like British one in 1800s. I see why Israel is trying to destroyed Iran because Iranians and Shia thinkers are much more rational and reasonable people than Sunni majority rulers (except Turkey and Indonesia). Iranians are people who can challenge Israel in all level from technology, science and vision of the world.When are you going to wake up and and have common sense on some issues.EU states are not unified but when it comes to some issues a common sense prevail and defend their interest. Carry on fighting each other in 2,3 years you won’t even have chance to immigrate in west.You will be condemned by poverty and humiliation.Your rulers ( like El sisi and saudi king) are disgrace.

    • Truth..


  • Richard Barnes

    It’s impossible. Hamas keeps placing civilians in harms way. The things that the Bible has taught us to watch for in the end times are taking place in concert. We have the Syrian un-civil war and the Iraqi war that has given rise to ISIS which now spans both countries. We have Israel and Hamas in the state of war again. We have Russia taking the Crimea and supporting Ukrainian separatists. We have China ramming and sinking ships off Vietnam and threatening other oil bearing area’s in Pacific. Honestly I could go on and on. We have more major earthquakes of over 5.0 than any time in recorded history. The Bible tells us that nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. It tells us that there will be famines and pestilences and earthquakes in divers places. What is known as the church age is coming to an end. Today’s events, I believe will escalate to a point that we are going to face a new world economic and political order. Soon an agreement of 7 (360 day) years will be made with the nations who hate Israel. That agreement will be viewed as evil in God’s eyes and has been foretold. I have been watching for these things for decades and now they are on us. I wrote a book that discusses some of the prophecies written about in the Bible. It’s a short read of 6 or 7 pages and it’s totally free. I hope you will have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next

  • Anthony Thompson

    Sisi is beholden to Israel. It’s puppet and lapdog.

    • Truth..

      Stupid idiot!!

      • Anthony Thompson

        You probably only read what validates your own opinions but you should research this issue and discover the real ‘Truth’. Fact is, both Israel and the Saudi Arabian oligarchs were heavily involved behind the scenes in the coup which ousted Morsi. Don’t buy the propaganda, son. Learn to think for yourself.

        • Truth..

          Oh really !! You seem to have secret info that no one else knows about! It would have been better if all of you stop spreading a bunch of fucking lies about our president and our country. And just accepted that this was over 33 million Egyptians wanted to get rid of Morsi and MB .. The largest demonstration in history!

          • Anthony Thompson

            In democracies, we use elections to “get rid of” elected leaders such as Morsi. We don’t use military coups. Oh, and by the way, we usually allow our leaders more than one year before deciding if we want to vote them out at the next election.

          • Truth..

            If you are a MB lover, and do not care about your country. Then I think that MB should come to your country, then you can get to appreciate these wonderful terrorists !!

            Fuck off!!

          • Anthony Thompson

            My Congressman (Keith Ellison) was the first Muslim elected to the US Congress. And my area Minneapolis / St. Paul has many Muslims (mostly from Somalia). They are good Muslims; they don’t use filthy language like you do. I can see from your attitudes that Morsi haters are very low and coarse type of people

          • Hate MB

            Hahaha … Yeah Sure Somalis! They will definitely not represent Muslims. Because you’re American so clear that you want to keep MB in power, it would serve the United States. After four years the United States would have been “forced” to “help” Egypt !! Fuck off !!

          • Anthony Thompson

            No, actually it serves my country’s interests to have military juntas like Mubarak’s and Sisi’s in power. They are much more compliant to the US government than an elected government like Morsi’s was. Israel also likes Sisi MUCH better than Morsi. He will ‘play ball” with them. In secret, of course.

          • Anthony Thompson

            Since you haven’t responded to my recent messages, I’ll just declare victory and move on. : )

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