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ICRC Urges All Parties To Protect Civilians, Medical Workers Amidst Escalating Israel-Palestine Conflict

KUALA LUMPUR, July 11 (Bernama) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has urged all parties to protect civilians and medical workers caught in the midst of the escalating Israel-Palestinian conflict.

In a statement, it said that a dozen staff and volunteers were wounded and three ambulances destroyed at the Palestine Red Crescent branch in Jabaliya, northern Gaza on Wednesday.

Head of the ICRC delegation in Israel and the occupied territories, Jacques de Maio, said that the human impact of this vicious circle of armed violence was worsening by the hour.

"Civilians must be protected. In all cases, ambulances, hospitals and medical workers must be ensured the conditions of safety they require to carry out their vital work," he said in the statement.

It was reported that hundreds of air strikes were launched by the Israeli regime in the last few days on Gaza, killing and injuring hundreds of Palestinians, including children.

The ICRC also pointed out to the international humanitarian law - also known as the law of war - where there lies the distinction that must be made between civilians and those directly participating in hostilities.

A clear line must be drawn between military objectives and civilian objectives, it said, stressing that the law prohibits all attacks against civilians and civilian objects.

The ICRC stressed that the parties are obliged to take all feasible precautions to spare the civilian population from the effects of hostilities.

The Geneva-based organisation noted that the number of casualties continued to grow, with dozens reported killed and hundreds injured.

The ICRC was working around the clock in close coordination with the Palestine Red Crescent Society and the Magen David Adom to ensure a swift response to medical and other needs, it said, adding that it has also stepped up its dialogue with Israeli and Palestinian authorities.

-- BERNAMA




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