Israel and the occupied territories: ICRC decries the shooting of its humanitarian convoy in Gaza
The convoy of five trucks and two ICRC vehicles was carrying life-saving medical supplies to health-care facilities, including to Al Quds Hospital of the Palestine Red Crescent Society, when it was hit by fire. Two trucks were damaged, and a driver was lightly wounded.
"These are not the conditions under which humanitarian personnel can work," said William Schomburg, the head of the ICRC's subdelegation in Gaza. "We are here to bring urgent assistance to civilians in need. Ensuring that vital assistance can reach medical facilities is a legal obligation under international humanitarian law."
After the incident the convoy altered its route and reached Al Shifa Hospital, where it delivered the medical supplies. Afterward, the ICRC convoy accompanied six ambulances with critically wounded patients to the Rafah crossing.
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