The UN company for Palestinian refugees has criticised the Israeli military after an support convoy was allegedly shot at in Gaza on Thursday.
It stated an armoured automotive was clearly marked with UNRWA (United Nations Aid and Works Company) branding and was hit regardless of prior coordination with Israel to make sure it might be protected.
The automobile was one in all two returning to the south of Gaza after delivering provides, together with meals, to Rimal in Gaza Metropolis within the north.
UNRWA director of communications Juliette Touma instructed Sky Information the group got here beneath gunfire simply south of Wadi Gaza on Salah al Deen, the principle street connecting the north and south of Gaza.
The help workers “might see it was the Israeli military firing on the vehicles”, she stated.
Thomas White, director of UNRWA affairs Gaza, wrote on X: “Support employees ought to by no means be a goal.”
Sky Information has contacted the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) with a request to remark.
In the meantime, Mercy Corps vp Kate Phillips-Barrasso warned support was desperately wanted all through the bombarded enclave, the place half one million individuals – 1 / 4 of its 2.3 million residents – confronted “catastrophic starvation and hunger”.
Some 85% of the inhabitants has been displaced by the IDF’s air and floor offensive after Hamas’s 7 October assault on Israel that noticed 1,200 individuals killed.
The battle has claimed the lives of greater than 21,000 Palestinians, in accordance with the Hamas-run Palestinian well being ministry.
Ms Phillips-Barrasso stated the quantity of lifesaving items being allowed to enter stays a drop within the ocean, far quick from assembly Gazans’ fundamental and significant wants, even after Israel opened its Kerem Shalom border crossing.
Thursday’s alleged assault on the UNRWA automobiles got here regardless of the company conducting prior “deconfliction” with the Israeli military to make sure support vehicles and personnel are protected on the roads, the UNRWA’s Ms Touma added.
She instructed Sky Information: “We anticipate them to be protected. It shouldn’t occur. UN personnel and UN automobiles have to be protected always.”
“Fortunately, luckily, nobody was harm.”
One automobile was broken, however made it again to the UNRWA base within the south of Gaza metropolis, she stated.