Hundreds of Palestinians are feared dead after a huge blast at a hospital in Gaza City, blamed by the Hamas group on an Israeli air strike.
It’s thought that as many as 500 people were killed – patients and people sheltering in the grounds, thinking the hospital was safe.
The Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas – based in the West Bank, not Gaza – has blamed Israel, calling it an unforgivable crime. He’s declared three days of mourning.
Israeli officials insist the carnage was caused by a Palestinian rocket which misfired. They’re promising to provide evidence to back up their claim. All around the region, furious protestors have taken to the streets.
In the West Bank, Palestinians clashed with their own security forces, throwing stones and chanting against Abbas, who many blame for not being able to protect them. But there were protests too in Lebanon, Jordan, Libya and Iran.
Speaking in Beijing, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, to ease what he called the “epic suffering” we are witnessing.