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500 killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza hospital complex: ministry

Palestinian authorities describe attack as a ‘war crime’
Photo via Twitter/@hzomlot
Photo via Twitter/@hzomlot

Israeli air strikes on a Gaza hospital, al-Ahli Arab Hospital, compound on Tuesday killed at least 500 people, the health ministry in the Palestinian territory said, Al Jazeera reported.

Hassan Khalaf, the medical director of the hospital, about one kilometre (less than a mile) from al-Ahli Arab, says the hospital “is still burning” after Israel’s attack.

Khalaf told Al Jazeera that thousands of Palestinians have been injured in the continuing Israeli bombardment and there is no safe place left.

Palestinian authorities described the attack as a “war crime”.

Around 3,000 people have been killed in Israeli air strikes across the Gaza Strip since the war erupted on October 7.

More than 1,400 people in Israel have been killed, the majority gunned down by Hamas who crossed from Gaza and attacked border communities.

“A massacre: hundreds are killed in an Israeli strike on the Episcopal (Anglican) Church hospital (Al Ahli Arab Hospital) in #Gaza, there were hundreds of medical staff, patients and civilians taking refuge under Church protection,” Head of Palestinian Mission to the UK Husam Zomlot posted on X.

“What and how long will it take to stop these atrocious war crimes?”

The Foreign Office of Pakistan condemned in the “strongest possible terms” the Israeli attack on the Hospital.

“Attacking a hospital, where civilians were seeking shelter and emergency treatment is inhumane and indefensible. The indiscriminate targeting of civilian population and facilities is a grave violation of international law and constitutes war crimes,” the FO said in a statement.

The Foreign Office called on the international community to take urgent measures to bring an immediate end to the Israeli bombardment and siege of Gaza and the impunity with which Israeli authorities have operated in the last few days.

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