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Streets Smell of Blood as Israeli Missiles Hit Palestinian Convoy

Israeli attack on Palestinian convoy, The ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas has reached a new level of horror, as Israeli missiles hit a convoy of Palestinian civilians fleeing from the northern Gaza Strip. According to eyewitnesses and media reports, at least 70 people, including women and children, were killed in the attack, which took place on the Salah-al-Din road – one of the two evacuation routes from north to south Gaza. The attack has been condemned by the international community as a war crime and a violation of international humanitarian law.

Israeli attack on Palestinian convoy, Background

The conflict between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza, escalated on October 7, when Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel, killing more than 1,200 people and taking up to 150 hostages. Israel responded with a massive aerial bombardment and a ground invasion of Gaza, targeting Hamas hideouts, infrastructure, and civilian buildings. Israel also imposed a “complete siege” on Gaza, cutting off electricity, water, fuel, and food supplies to the enclave. The humanitarian situation in Gaza has deteriorated rapidly, with nearly half of the population displaced and having limited access to essentials such as food, water, and medical care.

Eyewitness accounts, Israeli attack on Palestinian convoy

Hashem al-Saudi, a Palestinian journalist who was on the scene of the attack, told CNN that the situation was far worse than what was shown on television. “The streets are filled with debris and the smell of blood,” he said. “Even those who moved to the south were hit by airstrikes… There is no safe place in Gaza. Everyone on this land is a military target for Israel, which from the beginning did not distinguish between civilians and combatants.”

Nadia Abu Zaidan, a mother of four who was in the convoy, told Al Jazeera that she saw bodies scattered on the road and cars burning. “We were trying to escape from death, but death followed us,” she said. “We saw children crying for their parents, women screaming for their husbands, blood everywhere. It was like hell.”

International reactions, Israeli attack on Palestinian convoy

The attack on the Palestinian convoy has sparked outrage and condemnation from various countries and organizations. The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said he was “shocked and appalled” by the attack and called for an immediate cessation of hostilities and respect for international law. He also urged Israel to release the hostages held by Hamas and to allow humanitarian access to Gaza.

The European Union’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the attack was “unacceptable” and “disproportionate” and called for an independent investigation. He also reiterated the EU’s support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The Arab League’s Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said the attack was a “massacre” and a “flagrant violation of human rights”. He also called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the situation in Gaza.

Conclusion

The attack on the Palestinian convoy is one of the deadliest incidents in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It has exposed the vulnerability and desperation of the civilians in Gaza, who have been trapped in a war zone with no escape. It has also raised questions about Israel’s respect for international humanitarian law and its accountability for its actions. The attack has added more fuel to the fire of an already complex and protracted conflict that requires urgent political and diplomatic intervention.

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