Hamas says Israeli forces bombed a hospital and killed hundreds of people. The UN has documented dozens of other attacks on health care in Gaza. – DIGIWIZ CENTRAL

Hamas says Israeli forces bombed a hospital and killed hundreds of people. The UN has documented dozens of other attacks on health care in Gaza.

Children injured in an Israeli air strike react as they receive treatment in the Nasser hospital in Khan Yunis in the southern of Gaza Strip, on October 17, 2023.

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The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza said Tuesday that Israeli forces attacked a hospital.
The ministry said at least 500 people had been killed in the airstrike, according to the AP.
The UN separately has documented dozens of Israeli attacks on health care in Gaza.

The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza said on Tuesday that Israeli forces attacked a hospital in Gaza City, reportedly killing hundreds of people. 

The reported airstrike on the al-Ahli Hospital was not immediately confirmed, but graphic photos shared on Facebook by the Palestinian Health Ministry shows a building immersed in flames with a body and blood on the floor. 

“The occupation targets the Gaza Baptist Hospital, which shelters displaced people from the ongoing aggression on the Gaza Strip,” the health ministry said on Facebook. Other images from wire services including the Associated Press and Getty show wounded Palestinians in the aftermath of the purported attack.

According to the Associated Press, the ministry said at least 500 people had been killed in the hospital bombing. 

The New York Times reported that the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement they are “investigating the source of the explosion and, like always, is prioritizing accuracy and reliability.”

Israel has been launching airstrikes on Gaza since the Palestinian militant group Hamas launched its deadly terrorist attacks on the Jewish state more than a week ago.

The surprise attacks by Hamas have left more than 1,400 people dead in Israel; nearly 200 more people were taken hostage into Gaza by militants, Israeli officials have said. 

Israeli’s airstrikes on Gaza have killed more than 2,700 Palestinians, toppled residential buildings and mosques, and caused damage to hospitals and healthcare facilities. 

The World Health Organization has documented 48 attacks on health care in the Gaza Strip since Hamas launched its attacks on October 7, resulting in damage to 24 hospitals and other healthcare facilities, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus condemned the reported attack on al-Ahli Hospital on Tuesday.

“We call for the immediate protection of civilians and health care, and for the evacuation orders to be reversed,” he said in a post on X.

Gaza officials have warned that the health system is on the verge of collapse as Israel continues its bombardment of the territory.

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

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