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Activists accuse Israel of attacking sites housing aid workers

Israeli forces have attacked known sites of aid workers in Gaza at least eight times since October 7, despite agencies providing their coordinates “to ensure their protection,” Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.

At least 15 people, including two children, were killed in the eight attacks, HRW said in a report on Tuesday (14). Israeli authorities did not issue advance notice to any of the relief organizations before the shooting, HRW alleged.

One of the attacks – on January 18 – was likely carried out with US-made munitions that included British components, British NGO Medical Aid for Palestinians said, citing UN inspectors. The bomb was delivered by an F-16 plane.

Governments that continue to supply weapons to the Israeli government risk complicity in “war crimes,” HRW added.

The eight attacks “reveal fundamental flaws with the so-called disconnection system intended to protect aid workers,” according to the report.

Officials from 11 humanitarian organizations and UN agencies in Gaza told HRW that Israeli attacks on aid workers “forced them to take several measures,” including suspending or “severely restricting” operations and reducing staff in the enclave. The UN reported that 254 aid workers have been killed in Gaza since October.

“Israeli authorities are deliberately blocking the delivery of water, food and fuel, deliberately impeding humanitarian assistance, apparently destroying agricultural areas and depriving the civilian population of objects essential to their survival.”

A CNN asked the Israel Defense Forces for a response to the HRW report.

Source: CNN Brasil

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