Two MSF doctors were killed in Tuesday’s attack on Al Awda Hospital, one of the last remaining hospitals in northern Gaza. Doctors Without Borders stated this in a press release. A doctor associated with the Ministry of Health was also killed in the attack. “It is absolutely tragic to see doctors being killed next to hospital beds, and this must stop now,” she said.
The non-governmental organization did not mention in the press release who carried out the attack. It indicates that the hospital’s GPS coordinates were shared with Israeli authorities on Monday.
Doctors Mahmoud Abu Najila and Ahmed Al-Sahar were in the building when the third and fourth floors were hit. She added that other medical workers, including Doctors Without Borders staff, were seriously injured. The NGO has been working in Al Awda since 2018, performing reconstructive surgeries for adults and trauma surgeries for children.
The warring parties “regularly” received information from the NGO about the return as a functioning hospital, and the presence of MSF staff.
The organization “condemns this attack in the strongest terms, and calls once again for respect and protection of medical facilities, staff and patients.”
MSF says there are currently about 200 patients in hospital. “They cannot get the care they need. These patients must be urgently and safely evacuated to other hospitals that are still functioning, even though all hospitals in Gaza have been operating beyond capacity since October due to ongoing shortages, attacks and an extremely high workload.” “. “.
The organization concluded that although attacks on medical facilities constitute a serious violation of international humanitarian law, they “have become systematic in recent weeks.” Therefore, it reiterates its call for “an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, now more than ever, in order to lift the siege and protect medical facilities and medical personnel.” (Belga)
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