The Palestinian Red Crescent Society announced that one of its ambulances near the entrance to the Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza was struck by missiles launched by Israeli forces, which sparked new criticism.
The AFP reported that at least 15 people were killed in the blasts and 60 people were injured. Israel claimed that one of the ambulances was “used by a Hamas terrorist cell in close proximity to their position in the battle zone.”
The report said Hamas denied that its fighters were inside the ambulances, and you used the attack as another example of Israel’s wanton approach to civilian casualties.
Antonio Guterres, the UN secretary-general, said he was “horrified” after receiving reports on the ambulance strike.
“The images of bodies strewn on the street outside the hospital are harrowing,” he said in the statement. He continued, “I do not forget the terror attacks committed in Israel by Hamas and the killing, maiming and abductions, including of women and children. All hostages held in Gaza must be released immediately and unconditionally. Now, for nearly one month, civilians in Gaza, including children and women, have been besieged, denied aid, killed, and bombed out of their homes. This must stop.”
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the head of the World Health Organization, posted on X: “We reiterate: patients, health workers, facilities and ambulances must be protected at all times. Always.”
Besides the bombing, Israel’s relentless blockade has pushed Gaza’s hospital system to the brink.
CNN obtained a video that showed a doctor in Gaza talk about the daunting conditions that patients in the city face inside Al-Shifa. Entire wards are in darkness and there is only one operating theater that is functioning as of Sunday night.
Dr. Tanya Haj-Hassan, a pediatric intensive care and humanitarian doctor with the aid group Doctors Without Borders, told the news outlet that doctors are receiving children with the majority of their body and faces burned, or missing limbs.
“We do not have enough antibiotics to treat wound infections, we don’t have enough dressings,” she said.
TRENDPOST: Last week’s ambulance bombing was not the first time that Israel was accused of intentionally targeting medical professionals. Three weeks ago, Israel targeted another ambulance convoy headed on an emergency call.
“Our mission is humanitarian, we provide humanitarian service only, and we were targeted without any reason, without any excuse,” an ambulance worker told Al Jazeera.
The Palestinian Red Cresent noted that the “deliberate targeting of medical teams constitutes a grave violation of the Geneva Conventions, a war crime.”
But the U.S. is not interested in alleged war crimes committed by Israel and continues to sell the bullshit line that “Israel has the right to defend itself,” which is morally offensive when you see images of charred Palestinian children on social media.
Gaza is one of the poorest and most densely populated cities on Earth, so Gazans literally have nowhere to run when Israeli bombs start to fall from the sky. Israel will always be able to claim that civilian casualties were impossible to avoid because Hamas uses Gazans as human shields.
Amnesty International has also stated that it has no evidence that Hamas fighters use human shields. Amnesty noted that even if Hamas was using human shields, under international humanitarian law, Israel’s obligations would be to protect these civilians.