Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Gaza hospital blast sparks outrage as Biden arrives in Israel

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The aftermath of of an airstrike that hit a Gaza hospital killing hundreds has sparked outrage around the world.

Many pro-Palestinian protests have been taking place across several countries. Meanwhile, after his visit today, U.S. President Joe Biden says Israel has agreed to allow humanitarian assistance to begin entering Gaza.

The statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office refers to food, water and medicine, but not fuel. And says supplies will flow as long as they don’t reach Hamas.

Another airstrike was hit near a Gaza hospital according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.

This comes after Biden held meetings in Tel Aviv Wednesday delivering his message that America is firmly behind Israel following the deadly Hamas attack almost two weeks ago.

Since the attack 1,400 people in Israel have died.

“I can’t speak publicly about all the details, but let me assure you: for me as the American president, there is no higher priority than the release and safe return of all these hostages,” said Biden.

He also added that Hamas does not represent the Palestinian people. Biden also backed what Israel is saying about yesterday’s hospital blast adding U.S. Defence Department data suggests Israel was not responsible.

“I was outraged and saddened by the enormous loss of life yesterday in the hospital in Gaza,” said Biden. “Based on the information we’ve seen to date, it appears the result of an errant rocket fired by a terrorist group in Gaza.”

READ MORE: Gaza says hundreds of Palestinians killed in airstrike on hospital

Authorities in Gaza say Israel was responsible, while the Israeli Defense Forces says its was a failed rocket launch by the Islamic Jihad group.

Protesters took to the streets in Jordan’s capital city, in Iraq, Iran, Yemen and the West Bank.

Turkey has declared three days of national mourning as thousands of people demonstrated outside Israeli diplomatic missions.

And hundreds of demonstrators clashed with Lebanese security forces near the U.S. embassy in Beirut.

Broken buildings can been seen in the Gaza city skyline Wednesday as the residents brace for an expected ground invasion from Israel.

On Tuesday, more Israeli tanks and military vehicles gathered near Gaza’s border.

The Palestinian health ministry says over 3,400 Palestinians have been killed and 12,000 wounded in Gaza since Oct. 7.

Meanwhile tensions are rising to the north at the Israel and Lebanon border where Hezbollah has been exchanging fire with Israeli soldiers.

The United States has vetoed a UN resolution that would have condemned all violence against civilians in the Israel-Hamas war and urged humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza.

READ MORE: Waterloo man desperate to move wife stuck in Gaza to Canada

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