By Muslim Mirror Staff
An Israeli airstrike on Tuesday resulted in the loss of approximately 500 Palestinian lives at the Al-Ahli Al-Arabi hospital in Gaza City. The hospital, which was already crammed with patients and displaced people, bore witness to one of the deadliest single incidents in the Gaza Strip since the commencement of Israel’s intensive bombing campaign against the densely populated territory. This retaliation was triggered by a deadly cross-border assault by Hamas on southern Israeli communities that occurred on October 7.
The airstrike unfolded just ahead of a scheduled visit by U.S. President Joe Biden to Israel, intended to demonstrate solidarity with Israel in its conflict with Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip.
In response to this tragic event, condemnation poured in from Arab countries, Iran, and Turkey. The Palestinian Prime Minister, in response, referred to the attack as a “horrific crime” and termed it as “genocide.” He also held nations supporting Israel responsible for the incident.
Health authorities in Gaza, according to sources from the Gaza Ministry of Health, reported that approximately 500 Palestinians lost their lives in the bombing at Al-Ahli Al-Arabi hospital. Hamas, the ruling authority in Gaza, asserted that the majority of the casualties were individuals already rendered homeless by Israeli bombardments, and that among the dead were patients, women, and children.
Izzat El-Reshiq, a senior Hamas member, described the horrific scene, stating, “There are scores of dismembered and crushed bodies, baths of blood.”
Video footage obtained by Reuters showed several ambulances transporting injured individuals from Al-Ahli Al-Arabi hospital to another Gaza hospital, with some individuals severely wounded.
The Israeli military stated that it did not have detailed information about the reported airstrike but was in the process of verifying the reports. They have previously accused Hamas of employing Palestinian civilians as human shields.
In Washington, the Pentagon acknowledged the reports of the hospital being hit but did not possess specific details. The Pentagon reiterated that the aid provided to Israel had no preconditions and emphasized, “We expect all democracies like Israel to uphold the law of war.”
Earlier on the same day, the United Nations Palestinian refugee agency, UNRWA, reported that an Israeli airstrike had claimed at least six lives at one of its schools, which had been functioning as a shelter for displaced people. UNRWA condemned the incident in a social media post, calling it “outrageous” and highlighting the flagrant disregard for civilian lives.
The humanitarian crisis in Gaza has escalated amidst the ongoing death and destruction. Israel’s 11-day bombardment has reportedly led to the loss of at least 3,000 lives, with more than 1,300 of them being civilians. Parts of densely populated Gaza have been leveled by Israeli airstrikes, and approximately half of the enclave’s 2.3 million population has been displaced from their homes. A total blockade has been imposed on the region, leading to severe shortages of food, fuel, and medical supplies.
The situation is further compounded by the deployment of Israeli troops and tanks along the border, hinting at a potential ground invasion.
Despite the dire circumstances, efforts to deliver vital supplies to Gaza continued as scores of trucks carrying essential provisions were en route to the Rafah crossing in Egypt. This crossing remains the sole access point to the coastal enclave outside Israeli control, though there was no clear indication of whether these supplies would be permitted entry.