A Gazan with his hands raised in the air was shot dead minutes after speaking to a British journalist on Tuesday, according to ITV News. Ramzi Abu Sahloul, a 51-year-old merchant of children’s clothes, was among a group of five men “doing their utmost to appear non-threatening” to combatants engaged in a skirmish nearby, according to John Irvine, a foreign correspondent for the network.
The 51-year-old also explained that “nowhere is safe in Gaza,” and that the Israeli army was “everywhere,” according to an ITV writeup of the report. “They shoot at us at home, in any building and in the street,” he added.
The cameraman then walked away, according to Irvine. Moments later, as the cameraman filmed from across the street, a volley of gunfire rang out. Video aired by ITV showed the group ducking and beginning to move quickly in the opposite direction; the footage then cut to show the group gathered around a member who’d dropped to the ground. “The interviewee had been shot and fatally wounded,” Irvine narrated over the footage.
More than 25,000 people have been reportedly killed “including two mothers every hour”.
Only 16 out of 36 hospitals “are even partly functional”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said.
The United Nations’ Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs latest updates say that at least 60% of homes or housing units in Gaza have been “destroyed or damaged”. Nine in every 10 schools have suffered “significant damage”. Hospitals, public buildings and electricity networks have also been hit.