Aid distribution in Gaza: Who shot civilians? Hamas and Israel accuse each other

Hamas accuses Israel of shooting at civilians waiting for food aid in the Gaza Strip on Friday March 15.

Aid distribution in Gaza: Who shot civilians? Hamas and Israel accuse each other

Hamas accuses Israel of shooting at civilians waiting for food aid in the Gaza Strip on Friday March 15. The Islamist group reports 20 dead and at least 155 injured, but the Israeli army denies shooting at civilians.

A new drama on the sidelines of a humanitarian convoy in Gaza. This Friday, March 15, Hamas accused the Israeli army of having fired on a crowd of civilians who were waiting for the arrival of humanitarian aid in the north of the Palestinian enclave. According to the Hamas Minister of Health, the shooting left 20 dead and 155 injured. "The Israeli occupying forces targeted a gathering of citizens waiting for humanitarian aid. So far 11 dead and 100 injured have been transported to al-Chifa hospital," the Islamist group indicated earlier in the morning. Since then, the balance sheet has been revised upwards.

Witnesses, including Mohammed Ghurab who is director of emergency services at al-Chifa hospital, also reported "shooting [...] at people who were gathering to wait for trucks with food to arrive " to AFP. The doctor clarified that the shots came “from the occupying forces.” Hamas added that these shots came from “tanks and helicopters”. Another witness claimed, according to the NGO Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor, that "the Israeli army opened fire (...) as soon as the humanitarian aid trucks approached the roundabout".

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