People inspect the area of Al-Ahli hospital on October 18, 2023, where hundreds of Palestinians were killed following an air strike that Israeli and Palestinian officials have blamed on each other | Photo Credit: Reuters

Médecins Sans Frontières President Christos Christou called for the restoration of “unconditional humanity”

Israel-Hamas war: Gaza hospital attack draws international condemnation

A hospital in Gaza has become one of the biggest casualties of the conflict between Israel and the Hamas group, leading to loud and global condemnation from international health and humanitarian organisations.

“The ongoing siege has caused Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF – Doctors Without Borders) to suspend its coordination of humanitarian operations in Gaza. We are not managing medical activities at this stage. However, some of our Palestinian colleagues are still working in hospitals north and south of Gaza”, said Sana Bég, Director of Communications, MSF South Asia.

Following the hospital bombing on Tuesday, MSF said, “We are horrified by the recent bombing of Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City, which was treating patients and hosting displaced Gazans. Hundreds of people have reportedly been killed.”

“We were operating in the hospital, there was a strong explosion, and the ceiling fell on the operating room. This is a massacre,” the statement quoted Ghassan Abu Sittah, MSF doctor in Gaza.

“Nothing justifies this shocking attack on a hospital and its many patients and health workers, as well as the people who sought shelter there. Hospitals are not a target. This bloodshed must stop. Enough is enough,” the statement said.