18 Oct 2023

Israel-Palestine War: Palestinians demonstrate In many parts of world after attack on Gaza's Al Ahli hospital; Joe Biden, UK, UN said this

Palestinians demonstrated on Tuesday night in many areas of the West Bank after the attack on Gaza's Al Ahli Arab hospital.

These people raised slogans against Palestinian administration chief Mahmoud Abbas. Here the security forces had to fire tear gas shells to stop the protesters.

People gathered outside the US Embassy in Lebanon's capital Beirut and also indulged in arson.

Another group gathered outside the French Embassy here and it is reported that they also pelted stones.

Take to streets: Hezbollah

Lebanon's extremist organization Hezbollah has called on Muslims and Arabs to 'immediately take to the streets'.

Hundreds of people were seen in the Libyan capital Tripoli and other cities with Palestinian flags and raised slogans in support of the people of Gaza.

At the same time, protesters gathered outside the British and French embassies in Tehran, Iran. There have been demonstrations in Türkiye and Jordan.

What Biden said?

Biden gave a statement minutes before he boarded Air Force One for Israel. He said, 'I am outraged and deeply saddened by the explosion at the Al Ahli Arab hospital in Gaza, and the terrible loss of life that resulted. Immediately upon hearing this news, I spoke with King Abdullah II of Jordan, and Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel and have directed my national security team to continue gathering information about what exactly happened,' 

The United States stands unequivocally for the protection of civilian life during conflict and we mourn the patients, medical staff and other innocents killed or wounded in this tragedy, Biden said.

In a statement, the White House said after consulting with King Abdullah II of Jordan and in light of the days of mourning announced by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Biden will postpone his travel to Jordan and the planned meeting with these two leaders and President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi of Egypt.

Palestinian territory officials have claimed that at least 500 people have died in the attack on this hospital. Hamas has held Israel responsible for this.

At the same time, Israel has denied its own role in this attack and has said that this attack is the result of a rocket of 'Palestinian Islamic Jihad'. 

However, this extremist organization has also denied its responsibility.

Biden will ask Netanyahu some tough questions: Kirby

Meanwhile, United States National Security Council (NSC) coordinator for strategic communications, John Kirby, said on Wednesday that President Joe Biden, on his visit to Israel, will call on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to ensure there is no further escalation in the ongoing war with terror group Hamas.

"When he talks to PM Netanyahu, he'll be asking some tough questions, as a true friend of Israel. He's also going to make it clear that we continue to want to see this conflict not expand, not deepen...He will address the humanitarian situation in Gaza, making it clear, that we want to see humanitarian assistance flow in," Kirby said.

Sharing further details of the President's visit to Israel, he said that Biden and PM Netanyahu will have a 'very small, restricted', bilateral meeting, adding that the former will also engage with some families that lost their loved ones in the Hamas terror attacks.

"Tomorrow, President Biden's trip will be confined to Tel Aviv. The first thing he'll do is meet with Israeli PM Netanyahu in a very small, restricted, bilateral meeting. After that, he will have a chance to meet with some of the Israeli first responders and some of the families who have lost their loved ones. He also will have a chance to have a chance to speak directly with President Herzog, too," Kirby added.

Kirby said that President Biden has ordered the National Security team to investigate the attack and find out who was responsible. 

Britain and UN said this

Meanwhile, the statement of British Foreign Minister James Cleverly has also come.

He has said that he will try to find out with his colleagues how this happened so that innocent people in Gaza can get protection.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres condemned the attack and said that there should be an immediate ceasefire on humanitarian grounds so that the suffering of the people can be reduced. The lives of many people and the fate of this region hang in the balance.

Palestinian official in UN said this on Israeli PM's claim

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has blamed 'brutal terrorists' for the attack on the hospital in Gaza. However, Palestinian official at the United Nations Riyad Mansour has said that he is lying.

The extremist organization Hamas is blaming Israel for the attack on 'Al Ahli Hospital' while Netanyahu is rejecting this claim.

Palestinian official at the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, while answering a question from journalists, has called Netanyahu a liar.

In the question, Mansour was asked that Netanyahu is claiming that intelligence information has revealed that 'Islamic Jihad' is responsible for this attack.

On this, Mansour said, "They are lying. Their digital spokesperson had tweeted that Israel carried out this attack thinking that there was a Hamas base near the hospital...after this the tweet was deleted. We have a copy of that tweet. Now they changed the story to blame the Palestinians. The Israeli army spokesperson gave a statement asking for the hospital to be evacuated...their intention was to attack the hospital. He is responsible for this crime."

Gaza's health department claims that around 500 people have died in Israel's attack on the hospital.

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