October 17, 2023

“We condemn in the strongest terms the bombing of a Gaza hospital, an egregious violation of international humanitarian law. The Gazan Health Ministry is reporting more than 500 Palestinians killed so far, many of them children, – with many more injured. Hospitals in Gaza are seen as a place of safety and refuge for many civilians seeking shelter during continuous bombardment. This compounds the already dire humanitarian situation facing so many Gazans – where can they go to be safe? It is imperative that the international community unites to hold those responsible accountable. We cannot be clearer; civilians must be protected under humanitarian law – they are not a target.” 


Notes to editor 

Notes to editor 

Spokespeople are available for interview on request:  

  • Nadim Zaghloul, ActionAid Palestine Country Director
  • Wisam Shweiki, Head of Programmes at ActionAid Palestine
  • Gemma Guillen, Country Manager at ActionAid Spain in Palestine

For media requests, please email Christal.James@actionaid.org or call 704 665 9743.

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