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Reuters – ICRC says Israel broke international law in Gaza

GENEVA, Jan 8 (Reuters) – Relief workers found four starving children sitting next to their dead mothers and other corpses in a house in a part of Gaza City bombed by Israeli forces, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Thursday.

The ICRC accused Israel of delaying ambulance access to the hit area and demanded it grant safe access for Palestinian Red Crescent ambulances to return to evacuate more wounded. “This is a shocking incident,” said Pierre Wettach, ICRC chief for Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. “The Israeli military must have been aware of the situation but did not assist the wounded. Neither did they make it possible for us or the Palestinian Red Crescent to assist the wounded,” he said. In unusually strong terms, the neutral agency said it believed Israel had breached international humanitarian law in the incident.

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Aid organizations shifting into high gear

UNHCR staff offload emergency relief items at a temporary reception centre in Mtskheta, outside Gori. © UNHCR/A.Shrestha

UNHCR staff offload emergency relief items at a temporary reception centre in Mtskheta, outside Gori. © UNHCR/A.Shrestha

Just about every organization has now managed to post an update regarding their activities in Georgia.  Over the weekend the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Save The Children (SAVE), CARE, United Nations High Commision on Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have all issued statements.  Some organizations were on the ground prior to the recent hostilities and they have now stepped up operations to handle the increasing flow of civilians streaming out of the conflict zone.  Other organziations are sending in teams to assess the situation.  Coordination meetings are already being held in the Georgian capital of Tibilisi and rumor has it organzations have begun submitting their proposals to the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) for funding.