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Israel turns Gaza’s al-Shifa hospital into ruins after two-week Israeli raid

By Edward Makuzva

Ambassador of the state of Palestine Dr Tamer Almassri condemns in the strongest terms the Israeli occupation forces two-week raid into Gaza biggest hospital leaving it in complete ruins with over 400 Palestinian civilians including doctors killed who had sought shelter within the hospital compound.

Dozens of bodies, some decomposed, have been found in and around the medical complex, which is now completely out of service.

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Dr Almassri said the Israeli occupation army completely destroyed all departments, buildings and infrastructure in Al-Shifa Complex, adding that it is difficult to count the number of slain civilians, especially since it bulldozed the roads and buried the bodies inside and around the complex.

He added that the occupation forces also burned or destroyed many homes and residential buildings in the vicinity of Al-Shifa Medical Complex, which includes thousands of residential units.

“The crimes committed by the Israeli authorities over the past six months are among the greatest barbarities in human history. Those who have committed these crimes should be brought to justice, and the names of those who have condoned these crimes will be a black stain on the pages of history.

“Gaza’s hospitals have been a main focus of the current Israeli genocide with thousands of Palestinians seeking shelter from Israeli bombardment in their grounds and Israeli forces storming the facilities under the false pretext that there are Palestinian freedom fighters.

“The Israeli forces also yesterday targeted and killed 7 aid workers from a US-based humanitarian group World Central Kitchen.

“Similarly, the state of Palestine condemns Israeli massacres of six families killing at least 63 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip over the last 24 hours. The Palestinian death toll from the Israeli onslaught since October 7 has risen to 32,845 reported fatalities, with an additional 75,392 individuals sustaining injuries. The majority of the victims are women and children”, Dr Almassri explained.

Dr Almassri highlighted that Israel violates human conscience and the law, and harms international peace and stability. The necessary action should be taken without delay to ensure the implementation of the latest UN Security Council resolution demanding a ceasefire in Gaza, and the additional measures announced by the International Court of Justice.

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