Curated By: Saurabh Verma
Last Updated: October 18, 2023, 22:05 IST
Israel’s action in Gaza came under scrutiny on the twelfth day of its war against Palestine-based terror group Hamas after a rocket strike hit a hospital in Gaza and claimed hundreds of lives.
While Hamas immediately said the damage came from an Israeli air strike, the Israeli army said Gaza militants from another Palestinian group — Islamic Jihad — had caused the explosion with a misfired rocket.
Leaders across the globe have expressed condolences over the tragedy.
Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden on Wednesday landed in Israel to extend support to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
At least 3,478 people have been killed in the Gaza Strip both in Tuesday’s hospital strike and in Israel’s reprisals against the tiny territory for the October 7 attack, according to the Hamas-controlled health ministry.
Top Israel-Hamas War Updates:
- The Gaza health ministry said at least 471 people had been killed in the rocket attack at the hospital and over 300 wounded, some in critical condition.
- US President Joe Biden cautioned Israelis not to be blinded by rage after suffering their deadliest-ever attack, warning that the United States made mistakes after September 11.
- Biden, in a Wednesday address in Tel Aviv, said he supports the two-state solution in the pursuit of peace. He said the vast majority of Palestinians are not Hamas. “Hamas does not represent the Palestinian people,” he said.
- Syria, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon and Mauritania are among the countries which have declared mourning periods following the Gaza hospital blast.
- Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi accused the United States of being an accomplice in Israeli “crimes” after a rocket struck a hospital complex in war-torn Gaza, killing hundreds.
- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said all Islamic countries must sanction and implement an oil embargo on Israel, in addition to expelling Israeli ambassadors, according to Jerusalem Post.
- Israel would let aid enter Gaza via Egypt, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced Wednesday, saying only “food, water and medicine” would be allowed into the blockaded Palestinian enclave.