Sat 02 Dec 2023 7:24 pm - Jerusalem Time
Euro-Med: Israel commits brutal massacres on the bloodiest day
The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor condemned Israel's escalation of its bloody attacks in the Gaza Strip, including committing mass murder massacres by targeting entire residential squares, the victims of which exceeded a thousand people, including dead, wounded and missing.
The Euro-Med Monitor said in a statement on Saturday: The attacks witnessed in the Gaza Strip constitute the bloodiest day since Israel began its war of genocide on October 7, and raise fears of a more brutal approach to impose political and field desires at the expense of civilians’ blood and property.
The Observatory documented a series of air attacks with intense fire belts launched by Israel on the areas of Shuja'iya, Jabalia, and Beit Lahia, targeting buildings and inhabited residential squares without warning, destroying them over the heads of their residents, and burying dozens under the rubble.
Rescue workers told the Euro-Mediterranean Observatory team that they were informed of hundreds of casualties, includingdead, wounded and missing persons, from about 50 residential buildings and houses in the crowded “Al-Shujaiya” neighborhood in eastern Gaza, after simultaneous air and artillery strikes within a short time.
In parallel, the Observatory documented the destruction by Israeli warplanes of a multi-storey residential building crowded with displaced persons for the (Al Obaid) family in the Jabalia camp in the northern Gaza Strip, which led to dozens of martyrs and wounded, including Dr. Sufyan Tayeh, President of the Islamic University in Gaza, with his family.
The Euro-Med Monitor said: Less than 48 hours after the collapse of the temporary humanitarian truce in Gaza, which lasted for a week, and Israel resuming its air, artillery and ground attacks, we are facing a wide series of disproportionate and impulsive raids with plans for mass murder.
The Observatory for Human Rights indicated that three Palestinian journalists were killed in separate Israeli attacks since yesterday, Friday, bringing the total number of journalist martyrs to 73 journalists since the start of the war on Gaza.
He stated that Israel is currently attacking with stronger and more intense fire, and its army has announced that it has attacked 400 targets in the Gaza Strip since the resumption of raids, at a time when it announced plans for forced displacement (transfer) from new areas in the southern Gaza Strip.
In light of the severity of the bloodshed taking place, the Euro-Mediterranean Monitor renewed its call on the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan, who is visiting Ramallah today, to uphold the principles of international justice and hold Israel accountable for the war crimes it is committing explicitly.
It stressed that Israel has relentlessly violated the International Convention to Prevent and Punish the Crime of Genocide by mass targeting the residents of the Gaza Strip because they are Palestinians, including the approach of killing, physical and mental abuse, and undermining the basics of living conditions for survival.
Article 1 of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide states: “The Contracting Parties affirm that genocide, whether committed in time of peace or in time of war, is a crime under international law that they are obligated to prevent and punish.”
While Article 2 of the Convention stipulates that “genocide means any act of mass killing or causing physical or mental harm committed with the intent to partially or completely destroy a national, racial, ethnic or religious group, which is a crime prohibited under international law.”