Even the WHO condemns the bombing attack on Al-Ahli hospital in Gaza – NaturalNews.com
Written by GRB on 20/10/2023
The World Health Organization (WHO) has joined several world leaders in condemning Israel for bombing a hospital in the Gaza Strip.
The Oct. 17 attack on Al-Ahli Arab Hospital killed at least 500 people, with both Hamas and Israel pointing fingers at each other. The Palestinian Ministry of Health blamed Jerusalem for the bombing, while the U.S. and the Israel Defense Forces pointed to a misfired rocket from Hamas. (Related: BREAKING: Compelling video evidence points to Israeli AIR BURST bomb striking al-Ahli hospital grounds, killing hundreds of Palestinian civilians as they slept on courtyard grounds adjacent to the parking lot.)
Nevertheless, the deadly incident drew outrage and condemnation worldwide.
“WHO strongly condemns the attack on Al-Ahli Arab Hospital,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on the social medial platform X, noting that early reports indicate “hundreds of deaths and injuries.”
“We call for the immediate protection of civilians and health care, and for the evacuation orders to be reversed.”
Tedros wasn’t the only one who reacted to the lethal attack. Medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders also condemned the strike at the hospital, calling it a “massacre.” Even United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres denounced the attack on Al-Ahli, calling for a “immediate humanitarian ceasefire” in the ongoing conflict.
Josep Borrell, the European Union’s high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, expressed regret over the attack. European Council President and former Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel meanwhile denounced the attacks on civilian infrastructure, stressing that such strikes “are not in accordance with international law.”
Moussa Faki Mahamat, the chairman of the African Union, decried the attack as a “war crime” and urged the international community to act swiftly to address the situation. Ahmed Aboul Gheit, his counterpart in the Arab League, called on international leaders to “stop this tragedy immediately.”
World leaders weigh in on the hospital attack
Several nations also weighed in on the Oct. 17 bombing by Israel.
U.S. President Joe Biden expressed his outrage and deep sadness at the loss of life and initiated talks with key leaders in the region. Meanwhile, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the attack and emphasized the importance of upholding international laws during conflicts. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva described the hospital bombing as an “unjustifiable tragedy” and called for international humanitarian intervention and a ceasefire in the region.
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed shock and strong condemnation of the hospital bombing, calling for an immediate ceasefire. Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed deep shock at the loss of lives and called for holding the perpetrators responsible. Indonesia also condemned the hospital attack as one that “clearly violates international humanitarian law,” and called for immediate action by the international community.
French President Emmanuel Macron emphasized that “nothing can justify targeting civilians” and called for humanitarian access to Gaza. Sauli Niinisto, his Finnish counterpart, condemned attacks on civilians and stressed the need to respect international humanitarian law. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz meanwhile expressed his horror at the images of the hospital explosion and called for a thorough investigation.
Egypt’s government likewise blasted the airstrike as a “clear violation of international law.” Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani called for an “immediate and urgent resolution” from the UN Security Council. The respective foreign ministries of Iran, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar all condemned Israel’s military action.
Describing the strike as a “shockingly dehumanizing crime,” the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs challenged Israel to provide satellite imagery if it was not involved. Saudi Arabia condemned the hospital strike as a “flagrant violation of all international laws and norms” and denounced Israel’s “continuous attacks against civilians.” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seconded Riyadh’s sentiment, noting the bombing of Al-Ahli as an example of Israel’s “attacks devoid of the most basic human values.”
The Hezbollah movement based in Lebanon called for a “day of rage” to condemn the attack, blaming Israel for a “massacre” and a “brutal crime.” Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, called the bombing a “hideous war massacre” and withdrew from a scheduled meeting with Biden.
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