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Deadly Israeli strike hits Doctors Without Borders shelter in Gaza

In MIDDLE EAST, World
February 21, 2024

AS IT HAPPENED

Doctors Without Borders on Wednesday condemned in the “strongest possible terms” the killing of two family members of its staff in an Israeli strike on Gaza. The Israeli army said it was targeting “terror activity” and “regrets any harm to civilians”. Israel’s parliament on Wednesday voted to back Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s declaration opposing the “unilateral” creation of a Palestinian state. Read our blog to see how the day’s events unfolded.

Un homme se tient devant une résidence de l'ONG Médecins Sans Frontières dans le sud de Gaza, qui dit avoir été ciblée par une frappe israélienne qui a fait deux morts, le 21 février 2024.
A man stands in a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) building, which was hit by Israeli tank fire in the al-Mawasi area in the southern Gaza Strip, on February 21, 2024. © Mohammed Abed, AFP

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Summary:

  • The US on Wednesday urged the International Court of Justice (ICJ) not to order the unconditional withdrawal of Israeli forces from Palestinian lands. The ICJ is hearing arguments on the legality of the Israeli occupation this week from an unprecedented 52 countries. 

  • The Israeli parliament on Wednesday backed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s declaration opposing the “unilateral” creation of a Palestinian state.
  • Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Wednesday said two family members of its staff were killed in an Israeli strike in Gaza’s Al-Mawasi area.
  • At least two people were killed on Wednesday in an Israeli air strike in the Syrian capital Damascus, a war monitor and state media said.
  • Israeli strikes continued across Gaza, with at least 67 Palestinians killed overnight into Wednesday, according to health authorities in the Hamas-run enclave.
  • At least 29,313 people have been killed and 69,333 wounded in Israeli strikes in Gaza, according to health authorities in the Hamas-run enclave. Around 1,140 people were killed in the Hamas-led October 7 attacks, according to Israeli officials. Around 250 people were taken hostage during the attack and 132 are still in Gaza, according to Israeli figures.
  • Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich said on Tuesday that Israel would not pay any price for the return of hostages still held in Gaza.
  • The US on Tuesday vetoed for the third time a draft UN Security Council resolution on the Israel-Hamas war, blocking a demand for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire. Thirteen council members voted in favour of the Algeria-drafted text, while the UK abstained.
  • The head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees on Tuesday said the United Nations still has not received any evidence from Israel supporting its claims that 12 of the agency’s employees participated in the October 7 rampage that sparked the war.
  • The World Health Organization said on Tuesday it had completed a second evacuation mission from Gaza’s Nasser Hospital, transferring a total of 32 critical patients including children from the site amid ongoing hostilities.
  • US and allied forces shot down 10 drones off Yemen while two US-owned merchant ships sustained minor damage from attacks, the US military said Tuesday.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP, Reuters)

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