NOTHING CAN JUSTIFY THIS
On 21 July, the Jewish military state has continued targeting protected facilities – al-Aqsa Martyr’s Hospital has been attacked. Phoning in and telling staff that injured and dying must be evacuated do not make targeting a hospital legal. It is a war crime. None of its dodgy pretexts or excuses will be accepted by the ICC.
21 July, Middle East Monitor
Four Palestinians were killed on Monday when Israel shelled the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in the central Gaza Strip, a Palestinian Health Ministry spokesman has said.
“Four people were killed and nearly 20 others injured when Israel shelled the hospital,” spokesman Ashraf al-Qodra told Anadolu Agency.
He described the shelling of the hospital, located in the town of Der al-Balah, as a “war crime.”
“Israel has crossed all red lines and international norms. What is happening is a crime and a massacre,” he said, appealing to the International Committee of the Red Cross to intervene to rescue injured Palestinians and protect medical institutions.
Since July 7, at least 509 Palestinians have been killed – mostly civilians – and more than 3150 injured in unrelenting Israeli attacks on the besieged coastal enclave.
Sunday was the deadliest day yet of Israel’s two-week-long onslaught, with at least 110 Palestinians – including 72 in Shujaya, a residential area of eastern Gaza City – killed by Israeli air and artillery attacks.
Israel’s military operation, dubbed “Operation Protective Edge,” is the self-proclaimed Jewish state’s third major offensive against the densely-populated Gaza Strip – which is home to some 1.8 million Palestinians – within the last six years.