At least 140 people, including 39 children, have been killed in Gaza since the latest Israeli attack launched on Monday.
At least 140 Palestinians, including 39 children, 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.
It was also destroyed a building in Gaza City home to the offices of Al Jazeera and The Associated Press, along with several other media outlets, offices and apartments.
Here’s how the world reacted to Israel’s latest attack on Gaza:
The Palestinian mission to the United Nations has asked US President Joe Biden to explain the recent attack.
“How is the explosion of @AP & @AJArabic offices defined as a form of‘ defense ’?” the mission said in a tweet on Saturday.
Honest Question: How @POTUS can you explain it? Your “unwavering support for Israel’s security & for Israel’s legitimate right to defend itself & ppl”. How to blow @AP & @AJArabic are 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 Human Rights chief urged Hamas leaders in Israel and Gaza to ease tensions.
Michelle Bachelet said in a statement that “rather than seeking to calm tension, inflammatory rhetoric from leaders on all sides appears to seek to arouse tensions rather than calm them”
Bachelet’s statement was released shortly before an Israeli air strike destroyed the Gaza City building that houses the offices of Al Jazeera and AP.
Al Jazeera sentenced the bombing and destruction of its offices and was said to be a peaceful act to prevent journalists from their duty.
“We call on the international community to condemn the barbaric actions and targeting of journalists and we call for an immediate international action to hold Israel accountable for deliberately targeting journalists and media institutions. , ”Dr Mostefa Souag, acting director general of Al Jazeera Media The network, said in a statement.
Israel issued a “warning” bomb on its building that houses the offices of Al Jazeera and other international media channels in Gaza City for an hour.
– Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) May 15, 2021
The Associated Press
“We are shocked and horrified that the Israeli military has targeted and demolished the building of the residence of the AP and other news organizations in Gaza. They have long known the location of our bureau and know- “We have received a warning that the building will be hit,” AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt said in a statement.
“We sought information from the Israeli government and partnered with the U.S. State Department to try to find out more.
“It’s a tremendous improvement. We almost avoided the horrific loss of life. A dozen AP journalists and freelancers were inside the building and thankfully we got them on time.”
Turkey’s chief communications director tweeted that Israel’s targeting of The Associated Press and Al Jazeera offices in Gaza was a factor in press freedom.
“I condemn these lesser Israeli attacks hitting press centers to cover up the massacres,” Fahrettin Altun said after the attack, adding that “Israel continues to commit massacres and crimes in war “.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu tweeted that Turkey is with the Palestinians, who are still facing “ethnic, religious and cultural cleansing”.
On the 73rd anniversary of the Nakba when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were deported from their homeland, people of #Palestine still degraded by ethnic, religious and hygienic cleansing. Stand up forever with the Palestinian brothers in their struggle for freedom and dignity.
– Mevlüt avuşoğlu (@MevlutCavusoglu) May 15, 2021
The White House said it was talking to Israel about the need to ensure the safety of journalists after the Israeli military demolished the building that housed the offices of Al Jazeera and AP.
“We are directly speaking to Israelis that ensuring the safety and security of journalists and independent media is an important responsibility,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a tweet.
We have spoken directly to the Israelis that ensuring the safety and security of journalists and independent media is an important responsibility.
– Jen Psaki (@PressSec) May 15, 2021
Amnesty International called on the US and the UN to end the “cycle of impunity and transgressions” in “public condemnation of war crimes”.
We call on the US to intervene bilaterally & as a member of the UN Security Council to end the cycle of impunity and Israeli / OPT violations by publicly condemning war crimes and other serious violations including the expansion of illegal settlement, blockade of Gaza, expulsion of Palestinians.
– Amnesty International (@amnesty) May 15, 2021