Today, Chris Gunness, a spokesperson for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, broke down in tears during an interview. He was recounting, and trying his best to describe the mass killings of Gazan civilians at the hands of the Israel Defense Forces, which he witnessed with his own eyes.
The UNRWA operates several schools and shelters within the Gaza Strip. Today, yet another of their schools was shelled, which killed 15 civilians, according to Reuters.
The civilians had gathered at the school for the security they had been promised at the shelter. In fact, Israel has claimed that it provides “warning calls” that offer Gazans the opportunity to leave and go to such shelters. But now that Israel is bombing even these locations, it is clear that there are no options for the people of Gaza.
Following the interview with Al Jazeera Arabic, Gunness emotionally broke down, sobbing as the questions concluded.
Gunness said the agency is “completely overwhelmed,” and that the IDF had killed even five of the UN employees for the agency, since this latest War on Gaza broke out.
“I’m not emotionally drained,” Gunness explained. “I’m made of a sterner stuff, as my English grandmother would say.”
In a statement released earlier Wednesday, UNRWA commissioner-general Pierre Krähenbühl said that UN schools had been struck six times during the present conflict. He explained that the destruction of the Jabalia Elementary Girls School was carried out with “Israeli artillery.”
Krähenbühl explained further that the Israel Defense Forces had been made perfectly aware the location of the shelter. In the case of this particular shelter, the UN said that they warned the IDF 17 times, apparently only making Israeli pilots want to bomb it all the more.
“We have moved beyond the realm of humanitarian action alone,” Krähenbühl explained. “We are in the realm of accountability. I call on the international community to take deliberate international political action to put an immediate end to the continuing carnage.”
Watch the emotional video below…
(Article by M.B. David)