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27 February 2024

Red Cross slams Israel for delaying access to wounded

A Palestinian boy, who also holds Russian citizenship, sits atop a Red Cross vehicle as he waits with his family to leave the Gaza Strip.  (REUTERS)


A spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross says it has been refused permission by Israeli forces to reach a site where they found four small children alive next to their mothers’ bodies in a Gaza home hit by Israeli shelling.

The neutral aid group says a total of 15 dead were recovered from two houses in the Zaytun neighborhood of Gaza City Wednesday.

Pierre Wettach has described the incident Thursday as “shocking”.

The Geneva-based group said in a statement that “the Israeli military failed to meet its obligation under international humanitarian law to care for and evacuate the wounded”.

It added that the delay in allowing rescue services access was “unacceptable”.