Israel has launched air strikes on or near three hospitals in Gaza, according to officials. This has put further strain on the already struggling health system in the Palestinian enclave, which is dealing with a large number of wounded and displaced individuals due to Israel’s conflict with Hamas militants. The hospitals targeted include Al Shifa, Gaza’s largest hospital, where Israel claims that Hamas has hidden command centers and tunnels. The Gaza Ministry of Health has reported casualties, but specific details have not been provided. Israel’s military has not yet commented on these allegations.
Gaza’s hospitals have been overwhelmed by the casualties from Israel’s month-long military campaign against Hamas. The lack of medical supplies, clean water, and fuel for generators has made it difficult for these hospitals to provide adequate care. The Gaza health ministry has stated that 18 out of 35 hospitals and 40 other health centers are currently out of service due to damage or lack of fuel.
There is video footage circulating on Palestinian media that allegedly shows the aftermath of an Israeli attack on a parking lot at Al Shifa hospital. The authenticity of this footage has not been verified. Human Rights Watch has expressed grave concern for the well-being of civilians, particularly children, seeking medical care and shelter at Al Shifa due to the ongoing strikes and fighting in the area.
Gaza officials have reported that two children’s hospitals, Al-Rantisi Pediatric Hospital and Al-Nasr Children’s Hospital, have also been targeted in direct attacks and bombardments. The hospital grounds at Al-Rantisi have been struck, resulting in vehicles catching fire.
In response to the escalating situation, the United States has announced that Israel has agreed to four-hour daily pauses in military operations in parts of north Gaza. These pauses would allow people to flee through humanitarian corridors and potentially facilitate the release of hostages. However, there has been no sign of a let-up in the fighting despite these announcements. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated that the fighting will continue against Hamas terrorists, but there may be temporary pauses in specific locations to ensure the safe passage of civilians.
The targeting of hospitals and other civilian areas by Israeli airstrikes has raised concerns about Israel’s adherence to international law. Western allies of Israel have engaged in fierce arguments over the military’s actions and their compliance with international humanitarian standards. U.S. President Joe Biden has emphasized that Israel has an obligation to distinguish between terrorists and civilians and fully comply with international law.
The situation in Gaza remains dire, with a humanitarian catastrophe unfolding as basic supplies like food and water run out and civilians are displaced from their homes due to shelling. The international community continues to monitor the situation closely, urging all parties to prioritize the protection of civilians and medical centers.
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