MdM condemns the killing on 15 May 2021 in airstrikes, of two medical colleagues in Gaza, who were killed with their families in their their homes. Dr Ayman Abu al-Ouf was head of the internal medicine department at Shifa Hospital. His wife, two children and three other family members were also killed. Dr Moen al-Aloul worked as a psychiatrist for the Ministry of Health before his retirement.
health care facilities bombed in Gaza
MdM condems also the targeting of health care facilities, and urges an immediate investigation into reports of the road leading to Shifa hospital being targeted. We also express deep concern of the damage caused to our colleagues in MSFs health care clinic, due to an airstrike beside it.
The health care system in Gaza has been on the brink of collapse even before this recent escalation.
Willy Bergogne, MdM France General Coordinator in Gaza: 'The health care system in Gaza has been on the brink of collapse even before this recent escalation, COVID-19 is still very much present in the strip, and the health care system is now facing a fatal shortage of medicines, water, and electricity.'
74 ATTACKS IN THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
According to WHO there has been 74 attacks against health care across the occupied Palestinian territory since the start of Ramadan, including the destruction and partial destruction of health facilities during aerial bombardment of the Gaza Strip.
CALL FOR THE RESPECT OF INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW
Under IHL, intentionally directing attacks against medical personnel and units, such as hospitals and other facilities, constitutes a war crime.
PROTECT CIVILIANS IN PALESTINE AND ISRAEL
We call for an immediate end to violence and for the respect and protection of civilians and health care in line with international law.