Recent violence in Israel, Gaza is at level not seen in many years - ICRC

Recent violence in Israel, Gaza is at level not seen in many years - ICRC
# 10 October 2023 17:36 (UTC +04:00)

"The recent violence in Israel and Gaza is at a level we have not seen in many years and has the potential to escalate dramatically, causing even more pain and anguish on all sides," International Committee of the Red Cross noted in a statement, APA reports.

"A worrying sign is that few voices of de-escalation have been heard. Heightened war rhetoric, in our experience, leads to greater civilian suffering.

The ICRC immediately offered humanitarian support to both sides, and we are working to provide support to the authorities in identifying missing people. We have also dispatched medical supplies to a hospital in Gaza.

ICRC teams are working closely with the Magen David Adom (MDA) and the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) to assist those who are wounded or sick and in need. Staff from both of these humanitarian organizations have become casualties of the violence; health-care workers must be protected at all times.

The ICRC is ready to help reunite families and loved ones, clarify the fate of those missing, and evacuate the wounded in coordination with the PRCS and MDA.

The ICRC has communicated with all parties to remind them of their obligations and responsibilities under international humanitarian law. We are in constant communication with the parties to coordinate our humanitarian access and response," The statement read.

Mirjana Spoljaric, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) also noted that civilians always pay the highest price in conflict: "At this critical moment, we urge the parties to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law and to take every possible step to prevent civilians from further harm. All sides must exercise restraint and protect civilian lives and property.

Killing civilians and ill-treatment are prohibited by the Geneva Conventions. In addition, the Conventions demand that the wounded and sick are cared for. People detained must be treated humanely and with dignity. Hostage-taking is prohibited under international humanitarian law and hostages should be immediately released unharmed.

Critical infrastructure that people depend on to live – including electricity and water networks – must not be targeted. Irrespective of any military siege, the authorities must ensure that civilians have access to basic necessities, including safe water, food and medical care.

We are ready to do everything we can to help, including in our role as a neutral intermediary," Mirjana Spoljaric