The building in Gaza City where Humanity & Inclusion (HI) has its offices was bombed and completely destroyed on Wednesday, the organization says. The employees were evacuated early in the war, and no one was present on the premises.
– No warning was given to HI, even though the coordinates of the building were reported to Israeli forces via the UN system to prevent attacks against humanitarian targets, as agreed, states the organisation, which was formerly called Handicap International.
Three Palestinian Red Crescent members killed in Gaza
– We are deeply concerned about the pattern in recent months where civilian buildings where organizations have their offices, schools or homes are being destroyed, says Federico Dessi, who heads HI’s operations in the Middle East.
Humanity & Inclusion has just over 3,500 employees and runs aid work among disabled people in over 60 countries.
On Friday, Israel’s ambassador to Belgium was summoned to the carpet in Brussels to receive a formal protest at the bombing of the offices of the state-run Belgian aid organization Enabel in Gaza City.
– The destruction of civilian infrastructure is absolutely unacceptable and in violation of international law, stated Belgium’s Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib.