Recent airstrikes perpetrated by Israel have blasted United Nations-run shelters in the Gaza Strip, said a United Nations official Wednesday. The incident further exacerbates tensions between Israel and the Palestinians after Israel announced complete encirclement of Gaza City.
The airstrikes have impacted many communities within the Gaza Strip, including UN-run facilities, which the UN was meant to protect as primary shelters for those fleeing conflict. The UN has accused Israel of violating international law with these airstrikes, stating that any attacks against UN-run facilities is a direct attack against humanity as a whole.
The Israeli attacks have precipitated a complete encirclement of Gaza City by Israeli Forces. This complete encirclement of Gaza City has caused chaos in the area, with thousands of terrified residents fleeing or hiding in their homes. Palestinians face direct threat of violence if they remain in the area, and no safe escape route is available. The UN is concerned that any military engagements between Israel and the Palestinians could lead to more widespread violence.
The airstrikes by Israel have been condemned by many, with the UN making calls for an immediate ceasefire. The UN also has urged Israel to respect international law on the use of force and allow civilians safe passage from the Gaza Strip. The US Congress is also pushing for a diplomatic solution, with hopes of a negotiated truce between the two sides.
For now, the situation in the Gaza Strip remains highly volatile, and the safety of Palestinians remains in question. It is unclear how the situation will play out, however, it is clear that the situation cannot continue in its current state, and quick action must be taken in order to prevent further tragedy.