Palestine Purple Crescent labels Israel bombing close to Gaza’s Al-Shifa hospital a ‘warfare crime’ – JURIST

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) claimed in a press release released Friday that an assault on their ambulances in Gaza by Israeli forces that day was in breach of the Geneva Conventions and amounted to a warfare crime.

The statement condemned the assault, which PRCS says focused ambulances transporting injured civilians between Gaza and Rafah to the Al-Shifa hospital. The assault reportedly resulted in 15 casualties and over 60 injured civilians. The entire variety of PRCS ambulances destroyed throughout this and related assaults now stands at eight.

Describing the occasion, which resulted in accidents to sufferers in addition to medical crews, the PRCS noted that the ambulances had been instantly focused by missiles, considered one of which hit the PRCS ambulance inside a number of metres of the hospital gate.

In response to those allegations, the Israeli Air Pressure stated, “A Hamas terrorist cell was recognized utilizing an ambulance. In response, an IAF plane struck and neutralized the Hamas terrorists, who had been working inside the ambulance. We emphasize that this space in Gaza is a warfare zone.”

This seems to contradict the account introduced by PRCS, which claimed that a couple of ambulance had been focused within the convoy of 5 automobiles. Condemning these actions, the PRCS assertion argued, “PRCS emphasises that the deliberate focusing on of medical groups constitutes a grave violation of the Geneva Conventions, a warfare crime, and that the events to the 4 Geneva Conventions are legally sure to make sure the safety of medical groups and civilians underneath all circumstances.”

CAIR, a US Muslim civil rights group, additionally labeled the assault as a warfare crime, putting blame instantly on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s authorities.

UN Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres responded to the assault by stating that he was “horrified.” Although Gutteres referred to as for the discharge of hostages held by Hamas in his assertion, he once more renewed his appeals for a humanitarian ceasefire within the area.

The PRCS assertion concluded by looking for worldwide assist via “pressing intervention to exert strain on the Occupying Authorities to make sure the safety of civilians, healthcare services, and medical groups working within the Gaza Strip.”

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