Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported, citing a health official, that an airstrike destroyed the cardiology ward of Shifa Hospital in Gaza. This devastating attack on a vital medical facility has sent shockwaves throughout the region and the international community.
The health official said the airstrike occurred in the early morning hours and that the entire ward was destroyed. This is particularly troubling as Shifa Hospital is the largest and busiest medical centre in the Palestinian enclave. It serves over two million people and provides essential medical care for the region’s most vulnerable patients.
The airstrike came amid a period of increasing violence between Israel and Hamas. In recent weeks, there have been several airstrikes and rocket attacks, resulting in dozens of civilian casualties. This latest attack on a medical facility has been condemned by the international community, with the United Nations and the European Union both calling for an immediate end to the violence.
The destruction of the cardiology ward is particularly devastating, as it was one of the few places where Palestinians could receive much-needed cardiac care. It is estimated that the community was treating over 200 patients a day. Without access to this type of medical care, the health of thousands of Palestinians is now at risk.
This latest attack is a stark reminder of the importance of protecting medical facilities in times of conflict. Hospitals and other medical facilities should always be seen as off-limits in any armed conflict. All parties must respect international laws and avoid targeting medical facilities and personnel.
The destruction of the cardiology ward at Shifa Hospital is a tragedy that should never have happened. The international community must come together to ensure that medical facilities are never targeted in the future.
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