The President of the European Commission said on October 18 that hitting a hospital full of civilians is inexcusable, according to German news outlet RTL.
A deadly attack was committed on the Al-Ahli hospital in Gaza a day prior to Ursula Von der Leyen’s comments.
She wrote on X (formerly Twitter), “I am saddened by the strike against the Al-Ahli hospital and the huge death toll. There is no excuse for hitting a hospital full of medical staff and civilians. All the facts have to be established and those responsible must be held accountable.”.
Nearly 500 people were killed in the blast as many have accused Israel of being behind the explosions.
Israel have denied being culpable and claim to have proof that it was a misfiring jihadist rocket that caused the blast.
Von der Leyen is yet to comment on who she thought was responsible for the recent attack.
The EU chief has shown solidarity with Israel following Hamas’ attack on the country and visited Israel to express her support on October 13, just less than the week following the militant group’s brutal killings.
Her pro-Israeli stance has concerned some, including various Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).
Regarding Von der Leyen claiming that “Europe stands with Israel” , pro-Palestinian Irish MEP Clare Daly addressed the EU Parliament in a passionate speech noting that, “She does not speak for me, she does not speak for Ireland and she does not speak for the citizens of Europe.”
The Hamas-controlled Gaza’s health ministry has said that around 3,000 people have been killed in the territory since the attack on Israel as the country have ruthlessly retaliated.
As a result of Israel’s recent siege of Gaza, home to over 2 million Palestinians, the population have had their food, water, medicine, and medical supplies cut in what is a breach of international law.