Israel's targeting of Gaza mosques, health centres condemned

Gaza City, July 12 (Petra) —- Israel’s targeting of places of worship, hospitals and medical crews in its ongoing military assault on the Gaza Strip has been condemned by Palestinian organisations.

Hassan Saifi, the Palestinian Ministry of Waqf and Religious Affairs’ undersecretary, said Israeli shelling had destroyed the Al Farouq Mosque in the Nusseirat refugee camp in central Gaza and also targeted the Anwar Aziz Mosque in the north of the blockade coastal territory.

"The deliberate targeting and destruction of Gaza Mosques had uncovered Israel’s real barbaric and vicious face and revealed the racist nature of the Zionist entity, which is raining fire on our Palestinian people, using aircraft, artillery and ships," Saifi said.

He said attacking mosques is a war crime, and held Israel fully responsible for such actions and demanded the world’s intervention to protect civilians and houses of worship.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Non-Governmental Organisations Network denounced the escalating Israeli attacks against Gaza’s medical institutions after the shelling of Al Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital that left two medical staff members injured and caused damage to the building.

It also said in a statement, a copy of which was obtained by Petra, that a number of volunteers of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society were wounded when the facility was targeted by Israeli rockets. The attack also inflicted damage to the premises in the northern Gaza and destroyed a number of ambulances.


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