An Israeli air strike targeted the Qatari Red Crescent Society (QRCS) office in Gaza, killing two Palestinians and wounding 10 others.
The organisation tweeted that its offices were attacked “by the Israeli occupation forces” on Monday.
“The Qatar Red Crescent condemns the targeting of its headquarters in Gaza [and] reaffirms the need to allow relief teams to work in accordance with international humanitarian law,” it added.
QRCS Secretary-General Ali bin Hassan Al Hammadi slammed the attack as a flagrant violation of the Geneva Convention, of which Israel is a signatory.
Qatar’s foreign ministry also condemned the “Israeli occupation’s bombing of the Red Crescent Society Building”, adding that “the targeting of humanitarian and media institutions is a clear violation of international law, humanitarian norms and values”.
Qatar strongly condemns the Israeli attack on the Qatari Red Crescent in Gaza, causing deaths causalities before that attacking Al-Jala building which hosted Al-Jazeera AP. We call on the international community to hold Israel accountable stop terrorizing the civilians. https://t.co/hNeOcHUctr pic.twitter.com/nJ2GZvD0KR
— لولوة الخاطر Lolwah Alkhater (@Lolwah_Alkhater) May 17, 2021
Supporting relief efforts
The QRCS had been working towards responding to the needs of Palestinians in Gaza amid Israel’s week-long offensive.
On Sunday, it announced the allocation of $1m aimed at supporting Palestinian families affected by the recent escalation in fighting.
The funds will be used on meeting the basic needs of the population, as well as the supply of medical supplies, including medicine and ambulances.
Very concerning news from #Gaza: the Qatar #RedCrescent office was bombarded. Civilians, humanitarian teams and their infrastructures, medical staff, ambulances and hospitals, media are #NotATarget. Our @ifrc solidarity to @QRCS volunteers and staff pic.twitter.com/lFVc4areuG
— Francesco Rocca (@Francescorocca) May 17, 2021
At least 200 people, including 59 children, have been killed in the Gaza Strip since the latest violence began a week ago. More than 1,300 Palestinians were also wounded.
On Saturday, an Israeli air raid demolished a building that housed international media offices, including Al Jazeera’s, in the Gaza Strip.
The attack on Monday came as international rights groups denounced Israel for its indiscriminate attacks against ambulance crews and health facilities, including a Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF) crew.
“Last night, an MSF clinic in #Gaza where we provide trauma and burn treatment was damaged by Israeli aerial bombardment, leaving a sterilization room unusable and a waiting area damaged. No one was injured in our clinic, but people were killed by the bombing,” MSF said in a tweet.