A hospital in Gaza City, where many sought refuge, was tragically hit, resulting in a significant loss of life. The Gaza Health Ministry attributes the tragedy to an Israeli airstrike.
The recent Israeli airstrikes in Gaza have left a devastating impact on the region. Six hospitals, nine health centers, and a critical desalination plant, serving a quarter of a million people, have been severely damaged, according to the United Nations.
Israel alleges that a misfired rocket from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad caused the destruction, a claim denied by the group.
“An analysis of IDF [Israeli Defense Forces] operational systems indicates that a barrage of rockets was fired by terrorists in Gaza, passing in close proximity to the Al Ahli hospital in Gaza at the time it was hit,” an IDF spokesperson said in a statement
“Intelligence from multiple sources we have in our hands indicates that Islamic Jihad is responsible for the failed rocket launch which hit the hospital in Gaza.”
The Canadian government, despite designating Hamas as a terrorist entity, is working to establish a humanitarian corridor to provide essential aid, including medical supplies and staff, to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.
In addition to the healthcare facilities, Gaza’s primary COVID-19 laboratory and Health Ministry offices were also targeted. This has been a severe blow to the region’s already strained healthcare infrastructure. Prominent doctors, including internal medicine consultant Ayman Abu Alouf and neurologist Moeen Al-Aloul, have lost their lives in the attacks.
The international community has reacted with widespread condemnation and protests at Israeli embassies in various countries. In the West Bank, protesters have clashed with Palestinian police, expressing their frustration with the Palestinian Authority leadership.
President Joe Biden’s reaffirmation of U.S. support for Israel’s actions has further stirred the diplomatic landscape. His cancellation of a visit to Jordan, following the kingdom’s decision to call off a summit with Egyptian and Palestinian leaders, signals the gravity of the situation.
The conflict, now threatening to engulf the Middle East region, is rooted in unrest in the West Bank. Pro-settler organizations’ attempts to forcibly displace Palestinian families from their homes in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood have drawn warnings of potential “war crimes” from the United Nations.
The situation remains highly volatile, demanding urgent attention and international intervention.