Infostani International: The US condemns the Israeli assault on a UN facility in Khan Yunis. State Department’s Vedant Patel stresses protecting civilians and UN sites, citing 12 fatalities and 75 injuries. He emphasizes Israel’s responsibility and the delicate US-Israel relationship. UN Secretary-General Guterres supports a two-state solution for Palestinian statehood.
US Condemns Israeli Assault on UN Facility in Khan Yunis, Stresses Protection of Civilians and Respect for Humanitarian Principles
The United States has condemned the Israeli assault on a UN facility in Khan Yunis, emphasizing the importance of protecting civilians and respecting the sanctity of UN facilities.
State Department spokesperson Vedant Patel, speaking in Washington, reiterated the commitment to safeguarding civilians and upholding the protected status of UN facilities. Patel stressed the necessity of ensuring the safety of humanitarian workers to enable them to provide essential assistance to civilians in need.
The remarks referred to the Israeli shelling of a facility in Khan Yunis managed by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), where Palestinian families seeking refuge were affected. The incident resulted in the death of twelve people and injuries to 75 others.
In a separate statement, a UN official, Thomas White, director of Gaza affairs for UNRWA, called for taking “every measure” to protect civilians, highlighting the consistent failure to uphold fundamental principles of humanitarian law in Khan Yunis.
US Condemns Israeli Attack on UN Facility in Khan Yunis and Stresses Diplomatic Efforts to Ensure Protection of Civilians and UN Workers
Addressing concerns over specific incidents, Patel underscored the imperative for Israel to protect UN facilities and humanitarian workers. In response to inquiries, Patel stated, “We continue to communicate with our Israeli partners, emphasizing their responsibility to safeguard UN facilities and humanitarian workers, enabling them to carry out life-saving work in the region.”
When pressed for more specific details, Patel noted, “Certain conversations, diplomatic in nature — sensitive and tough — are best kept private. Rest assured, though, we are directly addressing these issues with Israeli counterparts and will persist in doing so.”
The exchange illuminated the sensitive nature of US-Israeli relations, with Patel expressing Washington’s condemnation of the Khan Yunis attack.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres emphasized the universal recognition of the Palestinian people’s right to establish their independent state, highlighting the two-state solution as the only way to address the legitimate aspirations of both Israelis and Palestinians.