US says Israel did not cause hospital explosion, as Biden promises aid to Gaza | ET REALITY

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He drew a parallel to the United States after 9/11, when, he said, “we made mistakes too,” in apparent reference to the invasion of Iraq, which Biden voted for as a senator but later regretted.

“The vast majority of Palestinians are not Hamas,” Biden said, accusing the group of using Gaza civilians as human shields. “The Palestinian people are also suffering a lot,” she added. “We mourn the loss of innocent Palestinian lives. “Like the entire world, I was outraged and saddened by the enormous loss of life yesterday in the Gaza hospital.”

Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari, the World Health Organization’s regional director for the Middle East, said Wednesday that the Israeli military had recently ordered 20 hospitals in northern Gaza, including Ahli Arab, to evacuate. He described the instruction as totally unrealistic, “given the current insecurity, the critical condition of many patients and the lack of ambulances, personnel, bed capacity of the health system and alternative shelter for the displaced.”

The Israeli military acknowledged that it called in Ahli Arab in recent days, not because of a planned attack, it said, but as part of a broader initiative to evacuate the north.

Biden had planned to continue from Israel to Jordan, to meet with the leaders of Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority, but that meeting was canceled Tuesday after the hospital strike. Biden flew back to the United States on Wednesday.

Patrick Kingsley and Peter Panadero reported from Tel Aviv, and Michael D. Shear and Katie Rogers from Washington. The report was contributed by Julian E. Barnes, Adam Entous, Helen Cooper, Aaron Boxerman, David E. Sanger, Hiba Yazbek, Raja Abdulrahim, Yousur Al-Hlou, Christoph Koettl, Nadav Gavrielov, Monika Pronczuk, Farnaz Fassihi, Matina Stevis-Gridneff, Vivian Yee and Mourad Hijazy.

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