The head of the African Union Rate (AUC) on Sunday condemned Israeli “airstrike attacks” within the Gaza Strip as violence escalates within the scared region with 31 Palestinians reported dead.
“(AUC Chairperson) Moussa Faki Mahamat strongly condemns the persevered airstrike attacks by Israel on Gaza which possess killed extra than 30 Palestinian civilians, along side 6 teens,” an AU assertion acknowledged.
The “focusing on of civilians and the persevered unlawful occupation by Israeli security forces of the Occupied Territories, are in stark violation of world law, and complicate the look for for a correct and lasting solution”, the assertion acknowledged.
The present combating is the worst in Gaza since a war final year devastated the impoverished coastal territory, residence to a pair 2.3 million Palestinians, and compelled Israelis to search spherical for safe haven from rockets.
Israel has stepped up its bombardments of positions of the Islamic Jihad, an Iran-backed group, and the group has fired over 500 rockets in return.
The reference to Israel is a uncommon level of contention for the AU, a body that values consensus, with remarkable member states, notably South Africa, loudly protesting a decision by Faki final year to accept Israel’s accreditation to the bloc as an observer.
The choice turned into once a prime diplomatic think for Israel, but opposing member countries acknowledged it contradicted a quantity of AU statements – along side from Faki himself – backing the Palestinian territories.
In its assertion on Sunday, the AU reiterated its toughen for “the Palestinian of us of their smartly-behaved quest for an just and sovereign Utter” with East Jerusalem as its capital.