Destruction of Palestinian Tower During Violent Gaza Siege
Israeli forces have hit a 12-storey residential tower in Gaza on Wednesday.
Israeli forces have hit a 12-storey residential tower in Gaza on Wednesday. The tower in the Sheikh Zayed housing area collapsed shortly after the attack. This incident is one in a long string of escalation of violence between Israeli and Palestinian forces.
The targeting of the Sheikh Zayed tower is the latest in an ongoing air campaign that has killed at least 139 Palestinians, including 39 children. The raids have also wounded more than 900 people, including dozens of children, since they began on May 10.
The Israeli military has continued with massive air strikes on the Gaza Strip, while Palestinian forces have fired over 3,300 rockets, including long-range rockets that have reached the centre of Israel.
The UN Human Rights Council condemned the destruction of the Palestinian tower and described it as a violation of international humanitarian law. Similarly, many other organisations, governments, and activists have expressed their shock and anguish over this incident.
The violence must stop and all parties must adhere to international law, the United Nations Security Council demanded on Tuesday. The United Nations also invited Israel and Palestine to join an international commission to investigate actions that could amount to war crimes and possible violations of international law.