Hamas fails to prove that Israel attacked a hospital | ET REALITY


For Palestinians, the debate over who is responsible for the hospital explosion obscures a broader context in which Israeli attacks have devastated entire neighborhoods, displaced hundreds of thousands of Gazans and killed thousands more.

“All other massacres are ignored,” said Hamad, the Hamas official.

Israel has cut off almost all supplies of electricity, food, water and fuel, exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in the enclave and leaving hospitals without power and even baby formula. Israel warned dozens of public institutions in northern Gaza, including hospitals such as the Ahli Arab Hospital, to evacuate.

The World Health Organization reported on Saturday that at least 19 hospitals had been damaged since the war broke out on October 7. Last week, the organization said three hospitals had “suffered severe damage to the point that they are no longer functional.” According to the WHO, at least 16 health workers have died and 28 have been injured.

“We have never experienced such an intense war,” said Motasem Mortaja, a Palestinian journalist who documented the aftermath of the hospital strike.

Israeli officials say their attacks target members of Palestinian armed groups and their military infrastructure, and that Hamas and its allies are to blame for civilian deaths because they build many of their bases and rocket launchers in residential areas.

Israel also disputes the Palestinian death toll, saying the number of people killed at Ahli Arab hospital is lower than reported, without giving further details. US intelligence agencies have estimated that the explosion killed between 100 and 300 people.

Gaza authorities declined to name any of the people who died in the explosion, saying many bodies had not yet been identified.

The Rev. Fadi Diab, vice president of the hospital’s board of directors, said it was difficult to confirm the death toll. Father Diab said that the hospital administration in Gaza had told him that there were between 450 and 500 displaced Gazans sheltering in the hospital before the explosion, but that it was not clear how many of them were in the parking lot when the explosion occurred.

“Could the figures be exaggerated? It’s possible. But could the numbers also be correct? That is also possible,” Father Diab said in a phone call. “No one can currently do the verification,” he added.

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