Ursula von der Leyen Addresses Gaza Hospital Tragedy

European Union's top official, Ursula von der Leyen, urgently addressed the devastating incident in Gaza during her speech before the European Parliament.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Ursula von der Leyen Addresses Gaza Hospital Tragedy
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Amidst escalating tensions and anguish in the Middle East, European Union's top official, Ursula von der Leyen, urgently addressed the devastating incident in Gaza during her speech before the European Parliament.

"No Excuse for Hitting a Hospital Full of Civilians"

EU Commission President von der Leyen sternly stated, "There is no excuse for hitting a hospital full of civilians." While she did not directly attribute blame for the catastrophe, she emphasized the need for a thorough investigation.

"The facts need to be established," she insisted, referring to the fatal strike on the Gaza hospital which resulted in the tragic death of at least 200 individuals. The heinous event saw both Israel and Palestinians accusing each other, further fanning the flames of discord in a region already rife with tension.

The blast has prompted widespread street protests against Israel across the Middle East. Describing the harrowing aftermath of the explosion, von der Leyen said it transformed the medical facility into "a hell of fire." She further pressed on the importance of accountability, declaring, "All those responsible must be held accountable."

Allegations of Bias and the Ongoing Tensions

While showing solidarity with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government, von der Leyen visited Israel just a week ago.

This visit sparked criticism, with some EU nations accusing her of a bias towards Israel, particularly at the potential detriment of Palestinian civilians. In a sharp twist, Israel pointed fingers at the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group, blaming them for the Al-Ahli al-Arabi hospital explosion that they claim resulted from a failed rocket launch.

The explosion purportedly claimed the lives of at least 500 people. The group in question swiftly rebuked these accusations, firmly denying any involvement. The tragic event in Gaza has intensified the strained relations throughout the Middle East.

U.S. President Joe Biden's impending visit to Israel further heightens the political stakes, as he aims to support Israel in their conflict against the Palestinian Hamas. Meanwhile, the Palestinian territories echo with outcry and protest.

Major West Bank cities, including Ramallah, the heart of the Palestinian Authority, witnessed vast demonstrations. Clashes ensued as protesters pelted stones at Palestinian security forces, who retaliated with stun grenades.

Parallel sentiments reverberate far beyond Gaza's borders. Late Tuesday saw hundreds rallying in Tripoli and various Libyan cities, protesting against the heartrending explosion in the Gaza hospital, as reported by AFP. In these troubling times, as nations grapple with the complexities of this conflict, the pursuit of truth and justice remains paramount.

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