A pregnant woman and a paramedic were injured early today as Israeli occupation forces raided the courtyards of the Palestine Medical Complex in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.
Israeli soldiers broke into the courtyards of the complex, fired teargas canisters and rubber-coated rounds randomly at medical staff and patients, injuring a pregnant woman with a rubber-coated round in her shoulder and a paramedic in his arm.
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Others sustained suffocation from gas inhalation, while some patients were terrified as a result of the assault. An ambulance also sustained partial damage from the Israeli firing.
Minister of Health Mai Alkaila condemned the attack, which she said posed a threat to the patients receiving treatment at the hospital, especially patients of COVID-19 and children, due to the intensity of the teargas fired by the occupation forces.
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Alkaila described the attack as a grave breach of the sanctity of the hospital which requires immediate international intervention and holding the occupying state to account for its breach of international humanitarian law.
The Minister pointed out that this was the second attack by Israeli occupation forces on hospitals in Palestine, the first of which was the attack by Israeli warplanes on the Al-Durrah Hospital in the Gaza Strip on Friday-Saturday night, which resulted in minor injuries among children receiving treatment at the hospital.
(WAFA, PC, Social Media)