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International community condemns bombing of Gaza hospital

International community condemns bombing of Gaza hospital

Story by Oleen Ndori, Foreign Desk Editor

THE international community has condemned the bombing of a hospital in Gaza that has resulted in the death of more than 500 people.

The strike has provoked outrage and condemnation from around the world, with protests on the streets of Amman, Tunis, Beirut and Tehran.

The Palestinian militant group Hamas, which runs the territory, accused Israel of orchestrating the attack.

The Israeli army blamed it on a misfired rocket attack by Hamas ally Islamic Jihad, which has dismissed the accusations as false.

African Union Commission Chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat condemned the attack saying targeting a hospital considered a safe haven under international humanitarian law is a war crime and called on the global community to act urgently.

United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres said he was horrified by the killing of hundreds of Palestinian civilians in a strike on a hospital in Gaza.

Arab League chief, Ahmed Aboul Gheit urged the West to cease hostilities immediately, while European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told European Union lawmakers that there is no excuse for targeting a hospital full of civilians, saying those responsible must be held accountable.

China has also called for an immediate ceasefire and cessation of hostilities.

The UAE, Bahrain and Morocco have described the bombing of the hospital as a violation of international law, while Russian President Vladimir Putin noted the need to end the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

World Health Organisation director-general, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus has warned that the situation in Gaza is spiralling out of control.