GAZA CITY: At least 12 innocent Palestinian people were brutally killed, and several others were injured as Israeli forces shelled the Indonesian Hospital in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday, according to the Health Ministry in the besieged Palestinian enclave.
The health ministry expressed grave concern over Israeli forces targeting health facilities, emphasizing that the lives of thousands of patients, medical personnel, and displaced persons are at risk due to the relentless Israeli bombardment on the Indonesian Hospital.
Initially, Palestine’s official news agency, Wafa, reported that eight people were killed in the Israeli artillery shelling of the hospital. The facility, which houses 150 patients, 100 medical staff, and thousands of displaced people, suffered a power outage as the shelling caused its generators to cease operation, witnesses reported.
Meanwhile, Gaza’s Interior Ministry reported casualties resulting from a fresh Israeli shelling targeting displaced persons as they evacuated the hospital. While the exact figure of casualties was not provided in the ministry’s statement, it confirmed that several people were killed and injured in the attack.
Israeli Forces Committing War Crimes in Gaza
Condemning the Israeli shelling, the Palestinian resistance group Hamas labeled it “a crime that requires international intervention to protect health facilities” in Gaza. Hamas accused Israel of pursuing a destructive policy aimed at dismantling the health sector as part of broader efforts to forcibly displace Palestinians through bombardments, massacres, and the destruction of civilian structures.
Since the initiation of Israel’s bombardment of Gaza on October 7, the conflict has resulted in staggering casualties. Palestinian authorities report that at least 13,000 Palestinians have been killed, including over 9,000 women and children, with more than 30,000 others sustaining injuries. The relentless air and ground attacks have also caused extensive damage to buildings, including hospitals, mosques, and churches.
The dire situation in Gaza is compounded by an Israeli blockade, severing the region from essential supplies such as fuel, electricity, and water. Aid deliveries to Gaza have dwindled to a minimum. The Israeli death toll stands at around 1,200, according to official figures.