The Qatari Red Crescent (QRCS) building was severely damaged earlier this afternoon when a commercial building was shelled by Israeli forces in Gaza city, according to a status on the Palestine Red Crescent Society Twitter Page:
The Qatari Red Crescent was severely damaged this afternoon due to the shelling of a commercial building where it is located in Gaza city.— PRCS (@PalestineRCS) May 17, 2021
Targeting civilian objects is a blatant violation of the humanitarian law.@QRCS @ifrc @ICRC_ilot
In a statement to Al-Sharq, QRCS Director of Communication and Public Relations Mohammed Rashid Al-Marri said that the QRCS headquarter was completely destroyed, but thank God, the medical and relief teams are fine, pointing to the continuation of its operations in the sector.
The Qatar Red Crescent stated - on its official account on the Twitter site - that its headquarter in the Gaza Strip was bombed by the Israeli occupation forces on Monday at 6 pm Jerusalem time, and the bombing resulted in the death of two Palestinians and wounded 10 Palestinians
The Qatar Red Crescent had called for an investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Israeli occupation, and has now become the target of a new war crime by the occupation itself, stated Al-Sharq.
Dr. Fawzi Ouseddik, head of international relations at the QRCS, called for holding Israel criminally responsible for the crimes it commits against the Palestinians, stressing that what is happening amounts to war crimes and crimes against humanity.
He stressed that what is happening in the Israeli violations against the Palestinians calls for mobilizing civil society to acknowledge criminal and civil responsibility, because the crimes committed amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, adding: It also calls for the necessity of urging international protection for the Palestinian people and their Palestinian land
In accordance with international law and international humanitarian law, the headquarters of relief societies that provide support to civilians in times of war are protected from direct military targeting.
Sources: Palestine Red Crescent Society; Al-Sharq: QRCS
Cover image credit: QCRS
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