Iran: War on Gaza Hospitals Further Exposes Israel’s Criminal Nature
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kana’ani condemned the Israeli raids on hospitals in the Gaza Strip as a clear breach of international law, and further said the attacks unmasked the barbaric nature of the Zionist regime.
“After Israeli officials failed to prove their false claims about the Al-Shifa hospital, the regime’s military resumed its strikes on other hospitals in Gaza,” Kana’ani said in a statement on Saturday.
“Attacks on the Jordan and Indonesia hospitals were yet another manifestation of the regime’s aggressive and barbaric nature,” the spokesperson added.
“Attacking hospitals runs counter to all principles of human rights, international law and the Geneva Conventions, and reveals the criminal nature of this regime before the whole world even more,” he explained.
The Israeli Army has in recent weeks targeted several hospitals, residential areas, ambulances, mosques and other civilian infrastructures in the Gaza Strip.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) launched a military operation against Al-Shifa Hospital on Wednesday and Thursday. IDF officials claim the medical facility has been used for military purposes by Hamas, a claim rejected by the group and medical officials.
The Al-Shifa Hospital has been prominently featured in the news since early October. And in recent days, it has been at the center of everything in the Gaza Strip and brutal scenes unfolded at and around the medical complex.
Israeli snipers have spent days shooting at anyone trying to move from one medical building to the other. Staff at the hospital have also forced to bury dozens of patients in a mass grave, as thousands of Palestinians remain trapped in the facility encircled by Israeli soldiers.
After a week of incursions across Gaza in what some call a “war on hospitals”, governments, United Nations agencies and other aid organizations expressed their outrages as Israel’s military attacked Al-Shifa, in which thousands of patients, staff and displaced people are trapped.
In early October, Hamas launched a multi-pronged surprise military operation via land, sea and air against Israel. The group announced it was in response to the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem and Israeli settlers’ growing violence against Palestinians. The attacks have so far killed more than 1,200 and injured over 5,500, according to Israeli officials. Hamas also announced it is holding between at least 200 and 250 hostages.
Following the multi-front attack by Hamas, Israel carried out heavy bombardment across the Gaza Strip, killing more than 12,000 Palestinians, including at least 5,000 children and over 3,500 women, and wounding over 30,000 others, and levelling entire neighbourhoods. The bombing, as well as enforced displacement orders by the Israeli Army, has also pushed 1.6 million people out of their homes.
Tel Aviv has also imposed a "complete siege" on Gaza, cutting off food, electricity, fuel and water supplies. The move has plunged the blockaded territory into a humanitarian crisis.
The Gaza Health Ministry has confirmed that the healthcare system in the besieged territory has “totally collapsed due to the Israeli war”. Dozens of hospitals and tens of medical centers are out of service due to Israeli raids, according to the enclave's health ministry. The UN agencies have also warned that the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is "catastrophic", calling for more international help as conditions deteriorate in the densely populated besieged enclave.
Gaza is one of the most densely populated places on Earth, where some 2 million people live in an area of 140 square miles. It has been almost completely cut off from the rest of the world for nearly 17 years. More than half of its population lives in poverty and is food insecure, with nearly 80% of its population relying on humanitarian assistance.
Tehran says the history of Israel is full of assassinations, massacre, torture and killing of Palestinian kids, and described Tel Aviv regime's atrocities and massacre of Palestinian women and children as indicative of the destitute of Zionists. Iranian officials say Tel Aviv has been struggling for more than 70 years to exit its identity crisis which has been mixed with genocide, plunder, forced displacement and scores of other inhumane moves.