African Union chief accuses Israel of war crimes in Gaza following the killing of over 500 people by air strikes in hospital complex.
The African Union chief Moussa Faki Mahamat accused Israel of a “war crime” following the deadly strike on a hospital in the Gaza strip on Tuesday.
“There are no words to fully express our condemnation of Israel’s bombing of a #Gaza hospital today, killing hundreds of people,” Faki said on X, formerly Twitter, calling for the international community to act.
The health ministry in the Hamas-run Palestinian territory said Israeli air strikes on the hospital compound sheltering displaced people had killed at least 600 people..
“Targeting a hospital, considered a safe haven under International Humanitarian Law, is a war crime,” Faki said.
However, the Israeli military said it was not behind the explosion at the Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital.
In a briefing with reporters, IDF spokesperson Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said radar detected outgoing rocket fire at the same moment the blast at the Gaza hospital occurred on Tuesday evening, and that the military intercepted communications between terror groups indicating that Islamic Jihad fired the rockets.
Hagari said “a barrage of rockets was fired by terrorists in Gaza, passing in close proximity to Ahli hospital in Gaza at the time it was hit”.
“Intelligence from multiple sources we have… indicates that Islamic Jihad is responsible for the failed rocket launch which hit the hospital in Gaza,” he added.
Israel has been bombing targets in Gaza since Hamas militants from the territory attacked southern Israel on October 7, triggering a war which has left thousands of dead on both sides.
Around 3,000 people have since been killed in Israeli air strikes across the Gaza Strip.
More than 1,400 people in Israel have been killed, the majority gunned down by Hamas militants who crossed from Gaza and attacked border communities.