UN, Red Cross ‘appalled’ at Israeli raids on Gaza’s largest hospital

UN, Red Cross ‘appalled’ at Israeli raids on Gaza’s largest hospital
# 15 November 2023 14:04 (UTC +04:00)

The United Nations and the Red Cross voiced alarm Wednesday after Israeli forces raided Gaza’s largest hospital, demanding that thousands of patients and civilians there be protected, APA reports citing Al Arabiya News.

Israeli forces raided Al-Shifa hospital Wednesday morning, where the UN estimates that at least 2,300 people – patients, staff and displaced civilians – are inside and may be unable to escape because of fierce fighting.

Israel said it was targeting what they say is a Hamas command center in tunnels beneath thousands of patients and civilians seeking refuge from intense combat – a claim that both Hamas and the hospital’s doctors have repeatedly denied.

“I’m appalled by reports of military raids in Al Shifa hospital in Gaza,” UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths said on X, formerly Twitter.

“The protection of newborns, patients, medical staff and all civilians must override all other concerns,” he said.

“Hospitals are not battlegrounds.”

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus agreed.

“Reports of military incursion into Al-Shifa hospital are deeply concerning,” he wrote on X, warning that the UN health agency had “lost touch again with health personnel at the hospital”.

“We’re extremely worried for their and their patients’ safety.”