Deadly Shooting: Israeli Snipers Target Civilians Outside Gaza’s Nasser Hospital

Rights groups are calling for investigations into repeated attacks on medical facilities, doctors, and ambulances as potential war crimes. Israeli snipers have killed at least 21 Palestinians as they fired on displaced civilians attempting to reach Nasser Hospital in southern Gaza’s Khan Younis, according to Al Jazeera reporter Hani Mahmoud. The hospital is under siege, and its surroundings have become a combat zone, making it difficult for people to access.

Human Rights Watch has emphasized the protections that medical facilities have under international humanitarian law, and the Palestine Red Crescent Society confirmed that al-Quds Hospital in northern Gaza City also sustained significant damage from Israeli tank fire. The situation has caused hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to flee to Rafah, where they are now facing the threat of a ground assault by the Israeli army.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over the potential for a catastrophe and has urged efforts to avoid such tragedy in Gaza. This crisis raises the urgency of protecting civilians and medical facilities from further attacks.

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