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UN Human Rights Chief denounces horrendous attacks on schools in Gaza

United Nations, Nov 19 (Prensa Latina) The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, today denounced Israel's horrendous attacks against schools in the Gaza Strip in a statement calling for an end to these violations.

“Humanity must come first, and a ceasefire for humanitarian reasons is desperately needed right now,” urged the representative in reference to the images of the attack against the Al Fakhura school, in the north of the enclave.

These, he said, clearly show large numbers of women, children and men seriously injured or killed.

Turk regretted the attacks against at least three other schools that sheltered internally displaced Palestinians in the last 48 hours as well as the testimonies of humanitarian personnel who accessed the Al Shifa hospital the day before, who described the place as “a dead zone.”

“Doctors, staff, patients and civilians have left the hospital, forced by the Israeli military, and hundreds more are marching on foot towards southern Gaza, but where to, if nowhere in the strip is safe?” questioned the head of UN Human Rights.

Even in cities in the south of the Strip such as Khan Yunis, the Israeli army is carrying out attacks and forcing displaced Palestinians to leave certain places considered military objectives for the Israel Defense Forces, he further warned. “International humanitarian law includes the principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution when carrying out attacks, and failure to comply with them may constitute a war crime,” he stressed.

The World Health Organization warned that about 75 percent of hospital centers (25 out of 36) are not functioning in Gaza amid constant assaults by the Tel Aviv Army.

For their part, the Palestinian authorities estimate that, since last October 7, more than 12,000 civilians have lost their lives and another 32,200 have been injured.

In Gaza alone the death toll exceeded 11,800, including 4,900 children, 3,155 women and 690 elderly people, a figure that excludes the 3,750 missing people buried under the rubble.

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