Israel's attack on Gaza
The ongoing war between Israel and Hamas is not ending. Israel is continuously attacking Gaza. Several thousand people died in this attack and lakhs of people left Gaza. Amidst these ongoing attacks on Israel's Gaza, UN Human Rights Chief Volker Turk has given a big statement, the video of which has been posted by UN Human Rights on social media account X.
In this video posted by UN Human Rights, Volker Turk said, “The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) is destroying all buildings within one kilometer of the Israel-Gaza fence and destroying public structures on a large scale.” . The IDF's purpose in destroying buildings in this way is to create a “buffer zone”. However, Israel has not given any exact reason for this attack. He further said that Israel's ongoing action does not appear to be for the defense of the country. Damaging civilian infrastructure is a direct violation of Article 53 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, amounting to a war crime. Turk also emphasized that attacking on such a large scale would destroy the possibilities of the people living here to return after the war. He warned Israeli officials that “the forced transfer of civilians is a war crime.”
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Israeli attacks termed as domicile
According to an investigation report released last month, 250 houses, 17 schools and universities and 16 mosques in three areas of Gaza were razed to the ground following the IDF investigation. Genocide involving such large amounts of civilian infrastructure damage has been labeled by experts as “domicile.” Because these attacks have not only driven Palestinians out of their homes and relief camps, but have also eliminated the possibility for them to return to their homes. Turk said that since the end of October 2023, the IDF has destroyed homes, schools and universities as well as civilian and other infrastructure in areas where fighting is not taking place or where fighting has completely ended. It's over. Such demolitions also took place in Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza, As Shujayeh in Gaza City and An Nusirat camp in central Gaza. There have also been reports of vandalism from other areas, with several buildings and blocks reported destroyed in Khan Yunis in recent weeks.
The Israeli Defence Forces are reportedly destroying all buildings in the #Gaza Strip within a km of the Israel-Gaza fence.
Extensive destruction of property, not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully & wantonly, amounts to a war crime – @volker_turk
— UN Human Rights (@UNHumanRights) February 8, 2024
“Israel's aim is to further shrink Gaza”
Recently, Mustafa Barghouti, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative Party, had said that the real intention behind such a step is to reduce the size of Gaza. While talking to the media, Barghouti said that this can be seen as 'ethnic cleansing', and it also indicates the failure of the Israeli army in its attacks on civilians in Gaza amid the fight with Hamas.