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Doctors Without Borders condemns air strike on Jabaliya refugee camp

November 1, 2023 at 2:09 pm

Palestinians conduct a search and rescue operation after the second bombardment of the Israeli army in the last 24 hours at Jabalia refugee camp in Gaza City, Gaza on November 01, 2023 [Stringer/Anadolu Agency]

The medical charity Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières — MSF) expressed its deep shock and condemnation on Tuesday following the deadly Israeli air strike on the Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza, Anadolu has reported. “After the attack, many wounded people arrived at Al-Shifa Hospital where our teams helped to provide emergency medical care,” said MSF on X.

The organisation condemned “this latest episode of senseless violence” and reiterated its call for an immediate ceasefire to prevent more deaths across the Strip. “Enough is enough!” it added.

“Young children arrived at the hospital with deep wounds and severe burns,” said MSF nurse Mohammed Hawajreh. “They came without their families. Many were screaming and asking for their parents. I stayed with them until we could find a place, as the hospital was full of patients.”

A series of Israeli air strikes on the camp led to hundreds of casualties, according to the Interior Ministry in the besieged enclave. Most of the victims were women and children, it said, adding that Israeli warplanes destroyed the entire residential square known as Block 6.

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The Israeli army has expanded its air and ground attacks on the Gaza Strip, which has been under relentless air strikes since the Palestinian resistance group Hamas launched a surprise cross-border offensive against Israel on 7 October.

The death toll from ongoing Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip has climbed to 8,648, the Health Ministry in the blockaded enclave said yesterday. “The victims include 3,542 children and 2,187 women, while 21,543 other people have been injured,” ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qudra told a press conference in Gaza City. At least 1,538 Israelis have been killed in the war.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected growing calls for a ceasefire, saying it would be a “surrender” to Hamas. An Israeli blockade of the Strip has also cut off Gaza from fuel, electricity and water supplies. Reduced aid deliveries are unable to satisfy the needs of its more than two million residents.

READ: UNRWA chief says 70% of Gaza victims are children, women