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Bombing of tents sheltering displaced Palestinians ‘outrageous’: WHO chief

RAFAH, GAZA - MARCH 02: An injured Palestinian child is brought to Kuwait Hospital for treatment aftermath of Israeli attacks near UAE Maternity Hospital in Rafah, Gaza on March 02, 2024. Israeli attack on tents housing displaced Palestinians near the UAE Maternity Hospital in Rafah city, situated in the southern region of the Gaza Strip, has resulted in the loss of 11 lives, including two medical personnel. Furthermore, 50 individuals have been reported injured in the aftermath of the attack. ( Jehad Alshrafi - Anadolu Agency )

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday expressed concern over alleged Israeli bombing on tents housing displaced civilians in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, resulting in casualties, Anadolu reports.

“Reports that tents sheltering displaced people in Rafah were bombed – reportedly killing 11 people and injuring 50, including children – are outrageous and unspeakable,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus wrote on X.

“Among those killed are two health workers. Health workers and civilians are #NotATarget, and must be protected at all times,” he said, urging Israel for a cease-fire.

More than 1.4 million Palestinians displaced by Israel’s offensive on Gaza are holed up in Rafah, seeking refuge from hostilities.

Israel’s reported plans for an offensive on the city have sounded international alarm bells, with many countries urging restraint or cancelation of the operation.

At least 30,320 people have been killed and 71,533 wounded in Israeli attacks on Gaza since Oct. 7, according to the enclave’s Health Ministry. About 1,200 people were killed in the initial attacks by Palestinian group Hamas.

​​​​​​​The UN says the shelters in Gaza are overflowing, and food and water running out. It has warned of a growing risk of famine.

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