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Global condemnation pours in after Israeli massacre of aid seekers in Gaza

Palestinians mourn near bodies at Kamal Edwan Hospital in Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip, on February 29, 2024, after Israeli soldiers opened fire at Gaza residents who rushed towards trucks loaded with humanitarian aid. (Photo by AFP)

Global condemnation has poured in following a recent deadly attack by the Israeli occupation forces on Palestinian civilians seeking food aid in the besieged Gaza Strip, which has been under the illegal regime’s incessant bombardment for the past five months.

At least 112 people were killed and more than 750 others wounded on Thursday as the Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinians who had surrounded a convoy of 38 aid trucks in Gaza, with the Palestinian health ministry calling the incident a "massacre.”

The latest Israeli crime comes as NGOs and UN experts have on several occasions voiced fears of famine in the besieged territory, which is completely cut off from aid by the occupation since October last year.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Friday expressed “shock” and “seriously” condemned the attack on Palestinians who had been struggling for aid in Gaza.

“China is shocked by this incident and strongly condemns it,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said. “We express our grief for the victims and our sympathies for the injured.”

Mao also called on the occupying entity to “immediately” implement a ceasefire and protect the safety of Palestinian civilians in Gaza.

“China urges the relevant parties, especially Israel, to cease fire and end the fighting immediately, earnestly protect civilians’ safety, ensure that humanitarian aid can enter, and avoid an even more serious humanitarian disaster,” the spokeswoman added.

In a post on X social media platform, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his "strongest condemnation of these shootings and called for truth, justice, and respect for international law.”

Saudi Arabia strongly censured what it called the "targeting" of unarmed civilians, while Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates also issued condemnations.

Qatar warned that Israel's "disregard for Palestinian blood... (will) pave the way for an expanding cycle of violence."

Turkey said the incident "is evidence that (Israel) aims consciously and collectively to destroy the Palestinian people."

Spain's foreign minister said the "unacceptable" events underline the "urgency of a ceasefire," while European Union foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell expressed horror at "yet another carnage among civilians in Gaza desperate for humanitarian aid."

Israel waged its genocidal war on Gaza on October 7 after the Palestinian Hamas resistance group carried out Operation Al-Aqsa Storm against the usurping entity in retaliation for its intensified atrocities against the Palestinian people.

Since the start of the offensive, the Tel Aviv regime has killed 30,035 Palestinians and injured 70,457 others.

The Tel Aviv regime has also imposed a “complete siege” on the territory, cutting off fuel, electricity, food and water to the more than two million Palestinians living there.

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