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WCC gravely concerned after evacuation request for Al Quds Hospital in Gaza

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has expressed grave concern upon reports from the Palestinian Red Crescent of a concrete request from Israeli authorities for immediate evacuation of Al Quds Hospital in Gaza. 


“There are currently 400 patients there,” noted WCC moderator Bishop Dr. Heinrich Bedford-Strohm. “In addition, 12,000 civilians have sought refuge there.”


Bedford-Strohm said the WCC takes this call very seriously and urges the Israeli government and military to refrain from doing anything that endangers the lives of innocent civilians in a protected space such as a hospital. 

“Hospitals are protected under international law,” said Bedford-Strohm. “Any attack on them would be a war crime.”

At the same time, Bedford-Strohm called on Hamas to refrain from anything that uses these protected spaces as a shield for its own military activities or command structures. “That, too, is a war crime under international law,” said Bedford-Strohm. “The killing of innocent people must stop.”

He urged opening the door to a just peace for both Israelis and Palestinians. “In the hour of worst suffering, the urgency is all the greater,” he said.

By oikoumene.org

2023-10-27T11:21:19+00:00 October 27th, 2023|Categories: News|