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Indonesian Hospital siege: Heroic Al-Shifa doctor among injured as Israel’s war crimes repeat

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Dr Adnan Al-Birsh, the iconic physician who served as the Head of the Orthopedics Department at Al-Shifa Hospital, was injured in heavy bombardment by Israeli forces at the Indonesian Hospital in Beit Lahia, North Gaza.

He was fearlessly leading from the front in protecting and treating the wounded Palestinian civilians as the Israeli army laid an inhumane siege on the Al-Shifa Hospital. After being evacuated from Shifa he continued his work at the Indonesian Hospital.

Following the same pattern of the devastating incursion in Al-Shifa Hospital Israeli forces now target Indonesian Hospital. Israeli artillery started in the middle of the night and targeted the surgical department, wounding the doctors working there and killing 12 civilians who were taking refuge.

Meanwhile, Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi condemned Israel’s attack on the Indonesian Hospital. “The attack is a clear violation of international humanitarian laws. All countries, especially those that have close relations with Israel, must use all their influence and capabilities to urge Israel to stop its atrocities,” she said in a statement.

The Israeli forces burned down the al-Kuwait UN school near the hospital where many were taking refuge. The death toll is not available yet.

Wafa News Agency reports that the Israeli soldiers are “shooting at everything that moves” near the entrance to the hospital, where Israeli military vehicles and snipers are stationed around the complex.

“We fear Israeli forces will repeat what they did at Al-Shifa Hospital,” The hospital spokesperson Ashraf al-Qudra said in a recent statement. As the attacks are intensifying the situation has turned catastrophic. At present, there are more than 700 people, including medical staff and injured people stuck inside the hospital, and the total number of civilians sheltering in the hospital is around 5,000.

Despite the horrifying threats by the forces, the medical staff at the Indonesian Hospital insist that they will stay as long as they can to treat the injured.

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