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UN condemns Hamas and Israel as conflict enters third week


UN condemns Hamas and Israel as conflict enters third week

Fighting in the Gaza Strip has raged on throughout Wednesday.

A group of medics from the Red Cross and the Palestinian Civil Defence came under fire and were shelled as they approached a neighbourhood near the front line. The Israeli Defence Forces later gave them permission to evacuate casualties.

The death toll in the enclave now stands at around 680 people since ‘Operation Protective Edge’ began on July 8. Thirty-five Israelis have also been killed.

“Witnesses have told us that there are injured people taking cover under a car, but they are shooting at us, shelling and there’s direct fire at the medics so for now there is no way for us to go in the area,” explained Ibrahim Abu al-Kass, a volunteer with the Palestinian Red Crescent.

Earlier, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights condemned the actions of both sides in the conflict and said an investigation would be launched into alleged violations.

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