At least 140 people, including 39 children, have been killed in Gaza since the latest Israeli attacks were launched on Monday.
At least 140 Palestinians, including 39 children, Was killed after Israel launched airstrikes on Gaza earlier this week.
On Saturday, Israel targeted a refugee camp in Gaza where at least 10 Palestinians were killed.
He also destroyed a building in Gaza City which housed the offices of Al Jazeera and the Associated Press, as well as other media, offices and residential apartments.
Here’s how the world is reacting to the latest Israeli attacks in Gaza:
The Palestinian mission to the United Nations has asked US President Joe Biden to explain the recent attacks.
“How is the explosion of the @AP and @AJArabic offices defined as a form of ‘defense’?” the mission said in a tweet on Saturday.
Honest question: how @POTUS can you explain this? Your “unwavering support for Israel’s security and Israel’s legitimate right to self-defense and self-defense.” How it explodes @AP & @AJArabic offices defined as a form of “defense”? @StateDeptSpox #Gaza_Under_Attack #SaveSheikhJarrah https://t.co/VQ8MgUFsdB
– State of Palestine (@Palestine_UN) May 15, 2021
The United Nations
The UN human rights chief urged the leaders of Israel and Hamas to reduce tensions.
Michelle Bachelet said in a statement that “rather than seeking to calm tensions, the inflammatory rhetoric from leaders of all stripes appears to seek to stir tensions rather than calm them.”
Bachelet’s statement was released shortly before an Israeli airstrike destroyed the building in Gaza City that housed the offices of Al Jazeera and the PA.
Al Jazeera condemned the bombing and destruction of its offices and said it was a clear act to prevent journalists from doing their job.
“We call on the international community to condemn these barbaric actions and the targeting of journalists and we demand immediate international action to hold Israel accountable for its deliberate targeting of journalists and media institutions,” Dr Mostefa Souag, Acting CEO of Al Jazeera Media Network, said in a statement.
Israel has given a “warning” that it will bomb the building that houses the offices of Al Jazeera and other international media channels in Gaza City within an hour.
– Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) May 15, 2021
The Associated Press
“We are shocked and horrified that the Israeli military is targeting and destroying the building housing the PA office and other news agencies in Gaza. They had known the location of our office for a long time and knew reporters were there. We have received a warning that the building will be affected, ”said Gary Pruitt, president and CEO of AP, in a statement.
“We are seeking information from the Israeli government and we are working with the US State Department to try to find out more.
“This is an incredibly disturbing development. We narrowly avoided a terrible loss of life. A dozen PA journalists and freelancers were inside the building and luckily we were able to evacuate them in time.
The Turkish president’s communications director tweeted that Israel’s targeting of the Associated Press and Al Jazeera offices in Gaza was a blow to press freedom.
“I curse these modest attacks by Israel hitting media centers to cover up its massacres,” Fahrettin Altun said after the attack, adding that “Israel continues its massacres and war crimes.”
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu tweeted that Turkey stands alongside the Palestinians, who still face “ethnic, religious and cultural cleansing”.
On the 73rd anniversary of the Nakba, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were exiled from their homeland, residents of #Palestine are still subjected to ethnic, religious and cultural cleansing. We will forever stand with the Palestinian brothers and sisters in their struggle for freedom and dignity.
– Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (@MevlutCavusoglu) May 15, 2021
The White House said it had communicated with Israel on the need to ensure the safety of journalists after the IDF destroyed the building housing Al Jazeera and PA offices.
“We communicated directly to the Israelis that ensuring the safety and security of journalists and independent media is a primary responsibility,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a tweet.
We have made it clear to the Israelis directly that ensuring the safety and security of journalists and independent media is a primary responsibility.
– Jen Psaki (@PressSec) May 15, 2021
Amnesty International called on the United States and the United Nations to end the “cycle of impunity and violations” by “publicly denouncing war crimes”.
We call on the United States to intervene bilaterally and as a member of the UN Security Council to end the cycle of impunity and violations in Israel / Occupied Palestinian Territory by publicly denouncing war crimes and other serious violations , including illegal settlement expansion, blockade of Gaza, dispossession of Palestinians.
– Amnesty International (@amnesty) May 15, 2021