Sudeep Sudhakaran , Moses Raj G S

Nov 03, 2023

Attacking Hospitals a Grave Violation of International Law

Accountability is a cornerstone of legal regimes and must be followed in the bombing of Al-Ahli Hospital and other such sites in the Israel-Hamas conflict. War is always characterised by its destructive nature, bringing suffering and loss to people and countries. Every war can push its victims and societies back decades, if not more. The recent developments in Israel and Palestine have already proved this dangerous effect of war.

On October 17, a massive explosion rocked the Al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza, reportedly resulting in the tragic loss of nearly 500 Palestinian lives, including women, children, and the elderly. The casualties of the attack included medical staff, such as doctors and nurses. The incident resulted in widespread international condemnation. Many victims had sought refuge inside the hospital from the continuous Israeli airstrikes that had battered the besieged enclave for nearly two weeks.

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