Global condemnation of attack on Baptist hospital in Gaza

Al-Ahli Arabi Baptist Hospital

The bombing of the Al-Ahli Arabi Baptist Hospital would have killed between 200 and 500 Palestinians. The high representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, asked to establish those responsible so that they can be “held accountable.”

“The news from the Al-Ahli Arabi Baptist hospital in Gaza adds horror to the tragedy that has been unfolding before our eyes for days,” Borrell said on his official account on X.

And he lamented that, “once again, innocent civilians pay the highest price.”

Hamas accuses, Israel denies it. 

The Israeli military said the explosion that killed 500 Palestinians at the Baptist hospital in Gaza was due to a failed rocket launch by Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) militants into Israel. 

The political leader of the Islamist group Hamas, Ismail Haniye, stated, for his part, that the massacre would be “a turning point” in the “Al Aqsa Storm” operation against Israel. In a speech, Haniye assured that Israel will be hit “on all fronts” after an attack, of which Hamas accuses Israeli aviation.

Attack on hospital “is not in line with international law”

“An attack against civilians is not in line with international law,” said the president of the European Council, Charles Michel, at the end of the extraordinary summit that European leaders held to analyze the consequences of the conflict. “Attacking civilian infrastructure in Gaza defies international law,” said Charles Michel.

The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, avoided assessing the attack, which from the beginning was attributed to Israel, claiming that she needed to “confirm” what happened.

More than 3,000 dead in Gaza since October 7

This is the attack with the highest number of deaths committed so far, since the war broke out on October 7 between the Palestinian militia of Hamas and Israel, which has resulted in more than 3,000 deaths in Gaza and 1,400 deaths in Israeli territory.

The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, described as “unacceptable” and contrary to international laws the attack on a hospital in the Gaza Strip, allegedly bombed by Israel, and which caused at least 200 deaths this Tuesday.

“Humanitarian and international laws need to be respected. There are rules in wars and it is not acceptable. It is horrifying,” added the Prime Minister of Canada. Until midnight on October 17, rejection of the attack on the Al-Ahli Arab Baptist Hospital in Gaza was growing. The WHO and other organizations and countries have joined this.

WHO condemns the bombing of Al Ahli Arab Hospital

The World Health Organization on Tuesday condemned the Israeli bombing of a hospital in the Gaza Strip and demanded immediate protection of civilians and medical care in the Palestinian enclave.

“The WHO strongly condemns the bombing of Al Ahli Arab Hospital,” said the director general of the UN health agency, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on the X social network.

The leaders of the countries of the European Union (EU) unified this Tuesday the bloc’s position on the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, and urged respect for international law regarding the protection of the civilian population.