Turkiye condemns Israeli airstrikes that killed scores in Gaza
The Foreign Ministry has condemned the latest Israeli airstrikes on Gaza that killed at least 10 people, including a 5-year-old girl
“We strongly condemn the Israeli airstrikes on Gaza on Aug. 5. We find it unacceptable that civilians, including children, lost their lives in the attacks.”
It also added that Turkey was observing the development with deep concern and urged de-escalation before the situation triggers an all-out war.
“We are deeply concerned about the rising tension in the region after the attacks. We emphasize the need to immediately end these events before they turn into a new conflict, and call for restraint and common sense,” the statements read.
Earlier, the U.N. envoy for the Middle East Peace Process said he is “deeply concerned by the ongoing escalation between Palestinian militants and Israel.
“In the past few hours, at least 10 Palestinians were killed by Israeli airstrikes. I am deeply saddened by reports that a 5-year-old child has been killed in these strikes. There can be no justification for any attacks against civilians,” Tor Wennesland added.
He called the continuing escalation “very dangerous” and urged an immediate end to rocket launches from the Gaza Strip toward Israel.
“And I call on all sides to avoid further escalation,” he said.
Wennesland said the current situation will jeopardize humanitarian efforts to help rebuild Gaza.
He vowed that the United Nations is “fully engaged” with all parties to “avoid a further conflict which would have devastating consequences, mainly for civilians.”
The Gaza-based Palestinian health ministry said Israeli airstrikes resulted in 10 deaths, including a 5-year-old girl and injuries to 44 other Palestinians.
The Islamic Jihad movement said Taysir al-Jabari, its commander for the northern region of Gaza, was killed in the airstrikes.
The Israeli army confirmed that it had targeted al-Jabari and 10 others, claiming they were on their way to launch anti-tank missiles and sniper operations.
According to an Anadolu Agency (AA) reporter in Gaza, Israeli warplanes hit separate areas in Gaza City, Khan Yunis and the northern Gaza Strip. Among the targets that the Israeli army raided was an apartment in Burj Palestine, in the Rimal neighborhood in western Gaza City.
The Palestinian Authority also urged the international community to pressure Israel to stop the aggression against Palestinians, particularly in Gaza, and provide residents with international protection.