18 April 2024

U.S. Says Israel Didn’t Trigger Hospital Blast, as Biden Guarantees Support to Gaza

He drew a parallel to the USA after 9/11, when, he stated, “we additionally made errors,” an obvious reference to the invasion of Iraq, which Mr. Biden voted for as a senator however later regretted.

“The overwhelming majority of Palestinians aren’t Hamas,” Mr. Biden stated, accusing the group of utilizing the civilians of Gaza as human shields. “The Palestinian persons are struggling enormously, as effectively,” he added. “We mourn the lack of harmless Palestinian lives. Like all the world, I used to be outraged and saddened by the large lack of life yesterday within the hospital in Gaza.”

Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari, the Center East regional director of the World Well being Group, stated on Wednesday that the Israeli navy had lately advised 20 hospitals in northern Gaza, together with Ahli Arab, to evacuate. He described the instruction as wholly unrealistic, “given the present insecurity, crucial situation of many sufferers and lack of ambulances, employees, well being system mattress capability, and of different shelter for these displaced.”

The Israeli navy acknowledged calling Ahli Arab in latest days, not due to a deliberate strike, it stated, however as a part of the broader push to evacuate the north.

Mr. Biden had deliberate to proceed from Israel to Jordan, to fulfill with the leaders of Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority, however that gathering was known as off on Tuesday after the hospital strike. Mr. Biden flew again to the USA on Wednesday.

Patrick Kingsley and Peter Baker reported from Tel Aviv, and Michael D. Shear and Katie Rogers from Washington. Reporting was contributed by Julian E. Barnes, Adam Entous, Helene Cooper, Aaron Boxerman, David E. Sanger, Hiba Yazbek, Raja Abdulrahim, Yousur Al-Hlou, Christoph Koettl, Nadav Gavrielov, Monika Pronczuk, Farnaz Fassihi, Matina Stevis-Gridneff, Vivian Yee and Mourad Hijazy.