At least 3,478 people have been killed with more than 12,000 others injured in the Gaza Strip since Israel began bombarding the coastal enclave since October 7, the Hamas-controlled health ministry said Wednesday.
At least 1,300 Israelis were killed in the Hamas attacks that started the latest conflict, while at least 199 people thought to have been taken hostage by the militant group.
Al-Ahil hospital, which was packed with wounded and other Palestinians seeking shelter, was destroyed in an air strike on Tuesday night. According to the official statements, 500 people were killed in the blast.
Hamas blamed an Israeli airstrike, while the Israeli military blamed a rocket misfired by other Palestinian militants.
Outraged over the hospital blast, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan's King Abdullah II announced they were pulling out of a planned Arab summit Wednesday with President Joe Biden.
Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Egypt and other Arab nations condemned the hospital attack, or declared days of national mourning.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi declared the hospital explosion a clear violation of international law and humanity.
Protests erupted in some Arab cities.
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15-nation Council met to vote on the draft resolution that was proposed by Council President Brazil. While 12 Council members voted in favour of the resolution, Russia and Britain abstained.
US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said, "President Joe Biden is in the region engaging in diplomacy and we need that diplomacy to play out.”
She criticized the resolution for not saying anything about Israel’s right to self-defense.
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Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian suggested the member states impose an oil embargo and other sanctions on Israel during an emergency Organization Islamic Countries (OIC) meeting.
He called for all Israeli ambassadors to be expelled, and establish a group of Islamic lawyers to record potential war crimes in Gaza, as reported by Al Jazeera.
Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi on Wednesday accused the United States of being an accomplice in Israeli "crimes" after a rocket struck a hospital complex in Gaza, killing hundreds of people.
"The people of the world consider America to be an accomplice in the crimes of the Zionist regime," Raisi told thousands of people who had gathered for a rally in central Tehran in solidarity with the Palestinians.
At least 3,478 people have been killed in the Gaza Strip since Israel began bombarding the coastal enclave, the Hamas-controlled health ministry said Wednesday.
More than 12,000 others have been wounded in Israel's response to a brutal assault launched by Hamas militants on Israel on October 7.
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President Joe Biden has tried to tamp down tensions in the escalating war between Israel and Hamas, but those efforts have faced massive setbacks, including a deadly explosion at a Gaza hospital that killed about 500 people.
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The situation in the Gaza Strip is spiralling out of control, the head of the UN health agency warned on Wednesday, following a blast at a hospital that killed hundreds of people.
"The situation in #Gaza is spiralling out of control," the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on X, formerly Twitter. "We need violence on all sides to stop."
The situation in #Gaza is spiralling out of control.— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) October 18, 2023
Every second we wait to get medical aid in, we lose lives.
For 4 days @WHO supplies have been stuck at the border.
We need immediate access to start delivering life-saving supplies.
We need violence on all sides to stop.
Following the air strike on Al-Ahli hospital in Gaza on Tuesday night, the death toll in Gaza has gone upto 3,300.
According to the Palestine Ministry of Health, The number of people killed in Gaza has now risen to 3,300 with more than 13,000 injured since October 7.
The death toll in Israel stands at 1,400, with another 3,500 injured.
US President Joe Biden landed in Israel Wednesday on a solidarity visit following Hamas attacks, under the shadow of a deadly blast at a Gaza hospital that has inflamed regional tensions.
Right after his arrival, Biden adressed the media with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
President Joe Biden was originally scheduled to visit Jordan as well, but his meetings with Arab leaders were called off as he was leaving Washington, costing him an opportunity for the face-to-face conversations that he views as crucial for navigating this fraught moment.
A strike on a Gaza hospital compound which health officials there said killed at least 200 people has provoked outrage and condemnation from around the world.
In the dark of early evening in Gaza, reports emerged of an explosion at Gaza City's al-Ahli hospital. Al-Ahli was crowded both with victims of 10 days of Israeli airstrikes and with families and others who have taken refuge on hospital grounds. Torn bodies covered the grass, with slain children lying among dead adults.
Bodies of Palestinians killed by an explosion at the Ahli Arab hospital are gathered at the front yard of the al-Shifa hospital, in Gaza City, central Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023. (AP)
Hamas and Israel have both been accused of breaking international law during their latest conflict, and the United Nations says it is collecting evidence of war crimes by all sides.
Enforcing the law amid the fog of war is difficult. Holding perpetrators to account once conflicts are over has often proved elusive.