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WHO chief 'appalled' by attack on Gaza's Indonesia Hospital

The head of the World Health Organisation said on Monday he was "appalled" by an attack on the Indonesian Hospital in Gaza that he said had killed 12 people, including patients.

Anadolu Agency & Reuters MIDDLE EAST
Published November 20,2023
Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the conflict between Israel and Hamas, at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S. (REUTERS File Photo)

The World Health Organization (WHO) chief on Monday said that he is "appalled" by an attack on the Indonesian Hospital in Gaza.

The attack reportedly resulted "in 12 deaths, including patients, and tens of injuries, including critical and life-threatening ones," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on X.

"Health workers and civilians should never have to be exposed to such horror, and especially while inside a hospital," Tedros urged.

Since Israel started bombing the Gaza Strip after a surprise Oct. 7 attack by Hamas, at least 13,000 Palestinians have been killed, including over 9,000 women and children, and more than 30,000 others have been injured, according to the latest figures by Palestinian authorities.

Thousands of buildings, including hospitals, mosques and churches, have also been damaged or destroyed in Israel's relentless air and ground attacks on the besieged enclave.

An Israeli blockade has also cut Gaza off from fuel, electricity and water supplies, and reduced aid deliveries to a small trickle.

The Israeli death toll, meanwhile, is around 1,200, according to official figures.