The Palestine-Israel conflict enters its seventh day. Why is the US attitude contradictory?
On the 15th local time, serious conflicts between Palestine and Israel continued. The Israeli army has launched attacks on multiple targets in the Gaza Strip, and many places in Israel have also been attacked by rockets from the Gaza Strip. According to earlier data from Palestinian medical institutions, Israeli airstrikes and shelling have caused 153 deaths in Palestine, including 42 children, and wounded thousands of others. According to the Israeli side, armed groups such as Hamas in the Gaza Strip have fired more than 280 rockets into central and southern Israel. 10 people were killed in Israel, including 2 children and 564 were injured.
In addition, the IDF air raid the residence of the leader of Hamas and many media in the Gaza Strip, including a building where the Associated Press is located. The continuing escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has aroused serious concern in the international community. United Nations Secretary-General Guterres has repeatedly called for a ceasefire on both sides. China, Russia, Turkey, France, Britain, Egypt and other countries have condemned and called for a ceasefire. However, due to repeated opposition from the United States, the UN Security Council has been unable to achieve effective results. Yesterday, Biden had a phone conversation with the leaders of both Palestine and Israel. During the call, he mentioned that he supports the settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli issue through the “two-state solution” and expressed his support for the Palestinians to enjoy the “dignity, security, freedom, and economic opportunities they deserve.” .
Today we are concerned, why does Israel air strikes on the building where the media is located? What did Biden talk with Netanyahu? Why does the United States have such a paradoxical attitude? Let’s take a look at the exchange of fire between Palestine and Israel on the seventh day of the conflict.
10 people were killed in the attack on a refugee camp in Gaza, including 8 children.
The internal affairs department of Hamas said on the 15th that Israeli warplanes bombed and destroyed an area of the Shati refugee camp in the early hours of the same day. A house, resulting in the deaths of at least 10 Palestinian civilians, including 8 children.
Subsequently, according to According to the Israeli military, armed groups such as Hamas in the Gaza Strip have launched more than 280 rockets into central and southern Israel. One of the rockets hit a building in the central city of Ramat Gan, killing an Israeli. death. The Israeli city of Tel Aviv also repeatedly sounded air defense sirens, and thousands of residents fled to shelters. Hamas said that the rocket attack that day was retaliation for the Israeli air strikes on the Shati refugee camp.
Under the rocket Soon after the bomb attack, the Israeli army launched another air strike on 150 targets in the Gaza Strip that day. According to the Israeli army, the airstrikes destroyed the residence and office of Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar in the Gaza Strip, as well as more than 20 rocket launch sites.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said on the 15th that Israel will continue to take military actions against Gaza, “as long as it takes,” until Israel’s “security” is achieved.
Hamas The Politburo leader Hania issued a statement on the same day, saying that in the early morning of the same day, Israel launched a “heinous” attack on the Shati refugee camp in the west of Gaza City. massacre”. Israel must be fully responsible for the continued attacks on civilians in Gaza.
The IDF air strikes the residence of the leader of Hamas
The IDF confirmed in a statement on the 16th that Israeli fighter planes attacked Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar in Gaza. Residence in the southern city of Khan Younis.
Ye Haiya Sinwar, 59 years old, was elected as the leader of the Hamas Gaza Strip in 2017 and was included in the targeted removal list by Israel. The Israeli military also released a video of the air raid. The statement said that in the past 24 hours, Israeli warplanes have attacked many military targets of armed groups such as Hamas in the Gaza Strip, including Yahya Sinwar and his brother Mohamed Sinwar’s residence in Khan Younis, and many others. The residences of other senior Hamas officials, more than 30 underground tunnels, dozens of weapons production and storage locations, etc. The Israeli media said that there are no casualties related to this air strike. According to Palestinian media reports, the two private houses of Yahya Sinwar and his brothers were razed to the ground, but Yahya Sinwar and his brothers were not at home during the airstrike.
Israeli military air strikes many media buildings in the Gaza Strip
In addition, on the afternoon of the 15th local time, the Israeli military air strikes a building in the Gaza Strip with many Branch of the international news media. The building was completely destroyed in the air raid.
According to reports, this building has 12 floors. The offices of the Associated Press, Al Jazeera, Doha Media Center and many other international media are located in the building. There are also some legal service companies and doctors. Work here.
According to reports, Three missiles hit the building, and the building collapsed in an instant. Fortunately, before the Israeli bombing, the people in the building had been evacuated, and no one died in the attack. According to Palestinian media reports, a Palestinian journalist was injured in the airstrike.
Al Jazeera’s reporter Safwat Al-Karout witnessed the whole process of the building being attacked by air.
Al Jazeera reporter Safwat Al-Karout: I have worked in this building for 11 years. Here, I have covered many news events, and there are many good memories here, and our careers are rooted in this. But now, within two seconds, everything is gone.
Another Al Jazeera reporters at the Doha headquarters also exclaimed after seeing the live TV broadcast.
Al Jazeera reporter Sarah Hellat: Oh my God! My goodness! My goodness! The office of our TV station is in this building.
Why the air raid on the media building? The Israeli army said there were military targets in the building
Why did Israel air strikes on the media building? Regarding the airstrike, the Israeli military stated that the building contained the “military assets” of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) intelligence agency. Therefore, the building was a “legitimate military target” and the media did not use it as a The army’s air strike target. So is there any Hamas “military assets” in the building where the media is located? Let’s take a look at what the special reporter of the main station learned at the scene of the attack.
The building that was bombed by Israeli airstrikes is called “Jalata” and is 12 stories high. The special reporter of the main station saw on the scene that many media workers were trying to find their own work equipment on the rubble. In addition to some international media set up offices here, there are also residential apartments in the building. The Israeli air raid completely destroyed the building, leaving many residents homeless.
Jalata Apartment residents: We saw a warning signal and were told that we must evacuate from the building immediately. A friend of mine was not at home at the time, so I told his wife that she immediately escaped from the building with the child. In less than an hour, they bombed the building. We could not even bring out our belongings. We are now buried under the rubble.
The Israeli army claimed that the building contained “military assets” of the intelligence agency of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), which made it a target of air strikes. However, the owner of the building told the special reporter of the main station that the statement of the Israeli army was not valid.
Jalata Owner Issam Javad Mahdi: In addition to the residents, the building is the offices of lawyers and engineers, as well as some media, such as Al Jazeera, Libya TV, and nothing else.
Al Jazeera Gaza Office Director Vail Dukhduha: We have every reason to doubt whether Israel has the right to attack such a building?
Receptionist special Reporter Anas Najjar: The Israeli army added another building to the list of destruction in Gaza. In view of the extreme economic conditions in the Gaza Strip, this also means that the number of displaced persons will increase again.
Multiple media condemned the Israeli military’s air raid on the media building
The Associated Press and Al Jazeera both announced the Israeli military’s air raid on a building where multiple international media are located in the Gaza Strip on the 15th. The statement condemned. Among them, Associated Press President Gary Pruitt said that the Israeli military actions were shocking and disturbing.
Associated Press President Gary Pruitt: The Israeli army targeted and destroyed the buildings where the Associated Press and other news organizations are located. We are shocked and terrified by this. They always knew the location of our office, and they knew that the reporters were all working there. This behavior was unbelievable and disturbing, and it was pure fluke that we avoided the terrible loss of personnel this time.
Al Jazeera also issued a statement, condemning Israel’s actions in the “strongest condemnation.” The statement stated that the purpose of Israel’s air raid on the media building was “obviously” to try to prevent reporters from reporting what happened in the Gaza Strip. Al Jazeera said it would take all possible measures to hold the Israeli government accountable.
AFP Global News Director Phil Chetwind said that he was “extremely shocked” by Israel’s actions and said that he would “firmly unite with the Associated Press and Al Jazeera.”
In addition, Joel Simon, executive director of the Association for the Protection of Journalists of the United States, also said that the attack was “worrisome” and that the Israel Defense Forces were deliberately targeting media facilities to disrupt reporting on the plight of the people of Gaza.
Why did Israel choose the media building for air strikes?
Then why did Israel choose buildings where many media are located for air strikes? Before the airstrike, a warning was issued to the civilians in the building, urging to evacuate. What is the purpose of Israel doing this? Come to listen to the interpretation of special commentator Su Xiaohui.
Special commentator Su Xiaohui: The Israeli army destroyed buildings in the Gaza Strip. Although it did not cause casualties, it is still widely questioned.
In fact, in 2014, when Israel carried out military operations on the Gaza Strip, it used this method to destroy buildings. Israel will notify the civilians in the building to evacuate, after which it will strike and destroy the building. This method will not cause casualties, but it will further escalate the situation.
For many people in the media, this operation was firstly due to the very tight time notified by the Israeli military, which caused many people to flee in a hurry, causing some property damage and more Panic. In addition, the most critical issue involved is the issue of evidence. In 2014, many buildings destroyed by Israel, although the Israeli side pointed to Hamas, it did not give very clear evidence. For the media and the owners this time, they believe that the Israeli military did not explain the situation as much as possible, and did not provide the so-called evidence that Israel had seized behind the destruction of the building, and such a lack of evidence. It disgusts many media.
In addition, everyone has seen that Israel’s action, especially the choice of a building where many international media are working, is actually an attempt to expand the deterrence of the air strikes on Hamas. Israel believes that such actions are not directed at the media or civilians, and have not caused great humanitarian harm, so it will not produce a strong political and military backlash. However, in this way of notifying the media, the media has time to broadcast the entire destruction process and spread it to the media and the Internet to cause more impact, which will put Hamas under more military pressure. . These are some of the designs behind the Israeli action.