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Gaza: urgent call to protect civilians, humanitarian workers and UN facilities

Gaza: urgent call to protect civilians, humanitarian workers and UN facilities
01/08/2014  - 

The European Union has condemned the shelling of an UNRWA school and market in Gaza. "It is unacceptable that innocent displaced civilians, who were taking shelter in designated UN areas after being called on by the Israeli military to evacuate their homes, have been killed," a statement on behalf of the EU said. It called for an immediate investigation of the incidents.

"We are deeply concerned at the catastrophic humanitarian situation in Gaza and reiterate that all sides must meet their obligations and immediately allow safe and full humanitarian access for the urgent distribution of assistance. The humanitarian imperative must be respected and the civilian population protected in accordance with International Humanitarian Law," the statement demanded.

Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva has repeatedly called for safe and full humanitarian access inside Gaza to allow the distribution medicine and medical treatment, water, food, and fuel. The safety of municipal workers must be guaranteed to allow the functioning of basic public services. The Commission's humanitarian assistance to Gaza responds to the population's most urgent needs, including food, shelter and health and the repair of water and sanitation infrastructure. On 25 July, the Commission increased its humanitarian aid in Gaza by € 5 million, taking it to a total of € 23.5 million since the beginning of this year.