At least 300 people were killed in the Gaza hospital bombing, local officials said

GAZA, Oct 17 (Reuters) – At least 300 people were killed in an Israeli airstrike on a Gaza City hospital on Tuesday, officials in the Palestinian enclave said. Accommodation.

A Gaza civil defense chief told al-Jazeera television that more than 300 people were killed at al-Ahli al-Arabi hospital. A Gaza health ministry source said at least 500 people were killed. Both sectors are under the Hamas-run government.

Israel’s military said it was “still ironing out all the details” of reports of strikes on both the hospital and the school.

Health officials in Gaza say at least 3,000 people have been killed in Israel’s 11-day heavy bombardment since Hamas militants entered Israeli towns on October 7, killing more than 1,300 soldiers and civilians.

News of the hospital bombing came ahead of US President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel on Wednesday and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s visit on Tuesday.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said “attacking a hospital is unacceptable”. Egypt said it condemned the attack “in the strongest terms”.

Video obtained by Reuters shows several ambulances carrying injured people from al-Ahli al-Arabi hospital to another Gaza hospital. A man was staggering, bleeding profusely from the head. A boy was carried away on a stretcher.

On Tuesday, the United Nations’ Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA said at least six people were killed after an Israeli airstrike hit one of its schools serving as a shelter for displaced people.

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The agency said dozens of people were injured in the strike, which it said caused “severe structural damage” to the school, which housed at least 4,000 people.

“They are not going anywhere else, not yet,” UNRWA quoted Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini as saying in a statement.

Hamas said most of the casualties in the hospital bombing were displaced people. A senior official in the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority, which operates in the West Bank but not Gaza, described it as a massacre.

Report by Moaz Abd-Alaziz, Nidal al Mughrabi and Ali Sawafta; Additional reporting by Emily Rose; By Angus McDowall; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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