Qatar Demands International Investigation into Israeli Occupation’s Targeting of Hospitals in Gaza

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Doha - Media & Communication Dept.- 15 November 2023

The State of Qatar condemns in the strongest terms the Israeli occupation forces’ storming of Al-Shifa Medical Complex in Gaza, which led to the death of a number of patients, including children. It also considers this a war crime and a flagrant violation of international laws and agreements, especially the Fourth Geneva Convention, and an extension of the occupation’s approach to targeting hospitals, schools and population centres in Gaza Strip.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs demands an urgent international investigation, including the dispatch of independent UN investigators to investigate the facts of targeting hospitals by the Israeli occupation army. It also calls on the international community to take urgent action to hold Israel accountable and deter it from committing more crimes against civilians, and to provide the necessary protection for the thousands of displaced people who are sheltering in the complex along with the sick, wounded and medical personnel.

The Ministry warns that the silence of the international community regarding the crimes against humanity committed by the occupation against the Palestinian people will encourage Israel to continue committing more atrocities, which threatens to expand the circle of anger and violence, lead to further escalation and instability in the region, and lead to the erosion of trust in the international community and its organizations.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterates Qatar’s firm position on the justice of the Palestinian cause, the legitimate rights of the brotherly Palestinian people, and the establishment of their independent state on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.