Pakistan joins world to condemn massacre of Gazans

Iran denounces barbaric attack by Zionist regime, China says it was shocked over incident.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan joined the international community in strongly condemning Israel for massacring over 100 unarmed Palestinians who were waiting for food delivery in Gaza.

In her weekly media briefing in Islamabad, Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said this massacre demonstrated a blatant disregard for international humanitarian law and Israel’s deliberate and inhuman policy of mass starvation.

Meanwhile, the Israeli barbarism drew global condemnation. The Israeli forces opened fire as Palestinian civilians scrambled for food aid during a chaotic incident which the Hamas-run territory’s health ministry said killed more than 100 people.

But the Israeli military said a “stampede” occurred when thousands of desperate Gazans surrounded a convoy of 38 aid trucks, leading to dozens of deaths and injuries, including some who were run over by the lorries.

Gaza’s health ministry called it a “massacre” and said 112 people were killed and more than 750 others wounded.

French President Emmanuel Macron, in a post on social media platform X, expressed his “strongest condemnation of these shootings and call for truth, justice, and respect for international law”.

Iran denounced “the barbaric attack by the Zionist regime”, China said it was “shocked”, and the head of the Arab League said the “brutal” act showed “total contempt for human life”.

US President Joe Biden said Washington was checking “two competing versions” of the incident which occurred early Thursday in northern Gaza, where famine threatens after nearly five months of fighting between Israel and Hamas fighters.

The deaths came after the World Food Programme’s deputy executive director Carl Skau told the UN Security Council on Tuesday: “If nothing changes, a famine is imminent in northern Gaza.”

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