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Gaza government calls for end to international tolerance of Israel targeting hospitals

Several people killed and injured after an Israeli air strike targeted the entrance of Kamal Adwan Hospital in northern Gaza.

December 4, 2023 at 4:10 pm

The government in Gaza, on Monday, called for an end to international tolerance of Israel targeting hospitals, a violation of both the rules of war and international law, Anadolu Agency reports.

Sunday’s attacks on the Kamal Adwan Hospital not only constitutes a violation of international humanitarian law but also signify an Israeli plan to undermine the health care sector, the government media office said Monday in a statement on Telegram.

The Israeli army has directly targeted over 14 hospitals in Gaza City and northern Gaza, attempted to assassinate several doctors, and arrested 35 physicians, including Dr. Mohammed Abu Salameh, General Director of the Al-Shifa Medical Complex, the largest in Gaza

the statement added.

Targeting hospitals constitutes an organised war crime, punishable under international law and prohibited by various international statutes and conventions

the statement said.

At least four people were killed and nine others wounded in an Israeli airstrike Sunday that targeted the entrance to Kamal Adwan Hospital in the northern Gaza Strip, local media reported.

The Israeli army resumed bombing the Gaza Strip last Friday, after declaring an end to a week long humanitarian pause.

Israel launched relentless air and ground attacks on the Gaza Strip following a cross-border attack by Hamas on 7 October.

The death toll from Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip since the start of the conflict on 7 October is nearly 15,900, the Ministry of Health in the besieged Palestinian enclave said Monday.

The number of wounded through the same period has risen to more than 42,000.

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