In a devastating turn of events, a massive explosion struck a crowded Al-Ahli Hospital in Gaza City hospital on Tuesday, resulting in the loss of hundreds of lives, according to reports from the Hamas-run Health Ministry.
Hamas attributed the incident to an Israeli airstrike, while the Israeli military claimed that the hospital was hit due to a rocket misfire by Hamas. The Gaza Health Ministry reported a grim toll, indicating that at least 500 individuals had lost their lives in the tragedy.
As news of the hospital tragedy spread like wildfire across the region, anger and frustration escalated among the affected populations with most of world leaders calling for the end of the war.
Amidst the chaos, Jordan’s foreign minister made the difficult decision to cancel a regional summit that was originally scheduled to take place in Amman on the following Wednesday. This summit had been intended to bring together leaders including President Joe Biden, Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi.
Toll of the Conflict:
The ongoing conflict has exacted a heavy toll, with nearly 3,000 people reported killed and 9,700 wounded in Gaza, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. Meanwhile, more than 1,400 Israelis have also lost their lives, the majority of whom were civilians, in an assault by Hamas that occurred on October 7.
The situation remains dire, with regional and international efforts desperately seeking a path to peace and stability.