In the midst of the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict, a tragic event unfolded on Tuesday night when a Gaza hospital was bombed, resulting in the loss of numerous Palestinian civilian lives. The responsibility for this attack remains disputed, with both Hamas and the Israel Defense Forces pointing fingers at each other.
US President Joe Biden expressed skepticism that the Israeli military was behind the strike during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, appalled by the Gaza hospital blast, has passionately condemned the incident. She called it horrifying and urged the Israeli government to permit humanitarian aid into Gaza while reiterating the call for a ceasefire. Moreover, the Nobel Prize winner has taken action by directing $300,000 to three charities actively aiding Palestinian individuals affected by the conflict.
I’m horrified to see the bombing of al-Ahli Hospital in Gaza and unequivocally condemn it. I urge the Israeli government to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza and reiterate the call for a ceasefire. I am directing $300K to three charities helping Palestinian people under attack. pic.twitter.com/JiIPfnTUvY
— Malala Yousafzai (@Malala) October 17, 2023
In a heartfelt post on X, Malala stated, “I’m horrified to see the bombing of al-Ahli Hospital in Gaza and unequivocally condemn it. I urge the Israeli government to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza and reiterate the call for a ceasefire. I am directing $300K to three charities helping Palestinian people under attack.”
Additionally, during his visit to Israel, US President Joe Biden announced a $100 million humanitarian aid package for Gaza and the West Bank. In a message on X, President Biden conveyed that this funding would support over a million displaced and conflict-affected Palestinians.
The situation in Gaza is dire, with the Gaza health ministry reporting 3,478 Palestinians killed and 12,065 injured in Israeli airstrikes since October 7. In response, Biden unveiled an agreement to allow crucial humanitarian aid to enter the war-torn Gaza, where one million people have been displaced due to relentless Israeli air strikes. This move marks the first humanitarian aid delivery to Gaza since the outbreak of hostilities initiated by the Palestinian militant group Hamas on October 7.
President Biden expressed deep concern for the suffering in Gaza and called on Israel to explore avenues for providing relief to those with nowhere to turn. He stated, “And if they don’t, they’ll be held accountable in ways that may be unfair,” during his return to the United States aboard Air Force One.
Pope Francis has also joined the chorus of voices calling for peace amidst the Israel-Hamas conflict. Expressing his concerns, he stated, “The situation in Gaza is desperate. Please let everything possible be done to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe. The possible widening of the conflict is disturbing. Let the weapons be silenced; let the cry for peace be heard from the poor, from the people, from the children!”