President Biden Emphasizes the Importance of Protecting Gaza Hospitals

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U.S. President Joe Biden emphasized the need to protect hospitals in the Gaza Strip, expressing hope for Israel to adopt less intrusive measures. Israeli tanks have positioned themselves outside Gaza City’s main medical center, Al Shifa Hospital, claiming that it hides tunnels used by Hamas fighters. Hamas denies these claims.

Israel initiated hostilities against Hamas following the group’s attack on southern Israel on October 7. According to Israel, approximately 1,200 people died, and 240 were taken hostage in that attack.

Hamas’ armed wing expressed readiness to release around 70 women and children held in Gaza in exchange for a five-day truce. Israel’s intense bombardment has resulted in the confirmed death of over 11,000 people, with approximately 40% of them being children.

Approximately two-thirds of the population in the densely populated Mediterranean strip have been displaced due to Israel’s intense military campaign, prompting the evacuation order for the northern half of Gaza.

As reported by Gaza health ministry spokesperson Ashraf Al-Qidra from inside Al Shifa Hospital, 32 patients, including three newborns, died in the past three days due to the siege and power shortages.

The Israeli military claimed to have initiated a humanitarian effort to transfer incubators to Al Shifa, but there is no confirmation of their receipt.

U.S. President Biden expressed concern, stating hospitals must be protected and mentioning ongoing negotiations, including the release of prisoners, with Qatari involvement. Israel contends that Hamas uses hospitals for military purposes, sharing footage of weapons allegedly stored in Rantissi hospital’s basement.

The armed wing of Hamas, Al-Qassam Brigades, offered to release 70 women and children hostages in exchange for a five-day ceasefire, a proposal Israel is unlikely to accept.

Israel has rejected a ceasefire, arguing it could allow Hamas to regroup but has allowed short humanitarian pauses.

 

Ammara Ahmed

Ammara Ahmed

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