Human Rights Chief concerned about civilians caught up in hostilities in Southern Israel and Gaza

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Navi Pillay, UN Human Rights chief

UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay has expressed concern for civilians caught up in the ongoing hostilities between the Israelis and Hamas.

The high commissioner is dismayed by the marked surge in the number of Palestinian civilians, including women and children, killed and injured over the past 48 hours as a result of Israeli military action.

Spokesperson Rupert Colville says the high commissioner deplores attacks such as the bombing of a house in Gaza which killed at least eight members of the Al-Dalou family, including four young children.

"According to information gathered by OHCHR monitors on the ground, the civilian death toll has more than doubled during this period. As of this morning, at least 57 civilians, including 18 children, have been killed and hundreds have been injured since 14 November."

Spokesman Rupert Colville says High Commissioner Navi Pillay appreciates statements made by Israeli officials about the precautions taken to avoid harm to civilians. However, the statement says attacks affecting schools and religious sites, as well as the reported targeting of homes and media outlets during the past 48 hours raise serious concerns about Israel’s commitment to its obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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