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EU foreign policy chief 'strongly' condemns Israeli attack on Nuseirat refugee camp in Gaza

'Reports from Gaza of another massacre of civilians are appalling,' says Josep Borrell

Zehra Nur Düz  | 08.06.2024 - Update : 08.06.2024
EU foreign policy chief 'strongly' condemns Israeli attack on Nuseirat refugee camp in Gaza Palestinian women mourn as the bodies of the Palestinians killed in the Israeli attack are brought to the morgue of Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah, Gaza on June 8, 2024


The EU foreign policy chief on Saturday "strongly" condemned the Israeli attack on the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza.

"Reports from Gaza of another massacre of civilians are appalling. We condemn this in the strongest terms. The bloodbath must end immediately," Josep Borrell said on X.

"Three-stage plan is the way forward for an enduring ceasefire and to end the killing," Borrell said, referring to a cease-fire plan backed by US President Joe Biden.

The Hamas-run Government Media Office said that at least 210 Palestinians were killed and more than 400 injured on Saturday in severe Israeli airstrikes targeting Nuseirat refugee camp, areas east of Deir al-Balah, and al-Bureij and al-Maghazi camps in central Gaza, coinciding with a sudden incursion of vehicles east and northwest of Nuseirat.

Israel, for its part, said that it rescued four hostages held in Gaza during a raid on the Nuseirat camp.

Israel has continued its brutal offensive on Gaza since Oct. 7 despite a UN Security Council resolution demanding an immediate cease-fire.

More than 36,800 Palestinians have since been killed in Gaza, most of them women and children, and over 83,500 others injured, according to local health authorities.

Eight months into the Israeli war, vast tracts of Gaza lay in ruins amid a crippling blockade of food, clean water, and medicine.

Israel stands accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice, whose latest ruling ordered Tel Aviv to immediately halt its operation in the southern city of Rafah, where over a million Palestinians had sought refuge from the war before it was invaded on May 6.

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