Israeli strike on ambulance in Gaza kills 15, drawing global condemnation
Israel attacked an ambulance on Friday in Gaza, killing at least 15 Palestinians and wounding 50 others, prompting global condemnation against the regime’s ongoing war crimes.
The horrendous strike took place outside Gaza City’s Al-Shifa Hospital, the largest medical facility in the besieged strip.
Footage from the scene showed at least a dozen bloodied casualties strewn across the ground near an ambulance.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the head of World Health Organization (WHO) vehemently condemned the attack.
The casualties occurred when a convoy of ambulances transporting critically injured patients from Gaza’s largest hospital to the Rafah border crossing with Egypt was targeted by Israel.
Local media as well as health officials in Gaza said the attack resulted in the death of 15 civilians and injury of 60 other people.
"I am horrified by the reported attack in Gaza on an ambulance convoy outside al-Shifa hospital," Guterres said in a statement published in the hours after the attack, adding that the conflict "must stop.”
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also said in a post on his X social media account that he was "utterly shocked by reports of attacks on ambulances evacuating patients close to al-Shifa hospital in Gaza, leading to deaths, injuries and damage.”
The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) confirmed in a statement that one of its ambulances was struck "by a missile fired by the Israeli forces" about two meters from the entrance to the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City.
Another ambulance, belonging to the Health Ministry in Gaza, was "directly targeted" by a missile around one kilometer from the hospital, causing injuries and damage, the PRCS said.
The organization added that deliberately targeting medical teams constituted "a grave violation of the Geneva Conventions, a war crime.”
The latest Israeli crime comes as some 16 hospitals across Gaza, as the health ministry says, are no longer functioning due to the lack of fuel and the damage from the occupying regime’s days-long aggression on the blockaded area.
The Israeli regime launched the war on October 7 after Gaza-based resistance groups conducted Operation al-Aqsa Storm, their biggest operation against the occupying entity in years.
More than 23,500 people have been wounded across Gaza in four weeks of Israel’s brutal onslaught, while the death toll has surpassed 9,200.