Israel bombing humanitarian aid groups in Gaza despite being informed of their locations by US

Israel bombing humanitarian aid groups in Gaza despite being informed of their locations by US
Israel has bombed the offices of humanitarian groups in its indiscriminate war on the Gaza Strip, despite being provided with their coordinates by the US.
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22 November, 2023
Israel has targeted sites where aid groups are working [Getty]

Israel has continued to strike the offices of humanitarian groups working in the Gaza Strip, despite the US providing Tel Aviv the coordinates of these organisations in the enclave, the Politico news website has revealed.

The information provided by Washington to the Israeli government included the coordinates of several medical facilities and the movement of aid groups in the war-battered Palestinian territory, according to three people familiar with the matter.

"All were granted anonymity because they feared speaking publicly would make it more difficult for aid groups to operate in Gaza," Politico said.

Despite this, Israel continued to target these aid sites, including hospitals.

Throughout the war on Gaza, which erupted on October 7, Israel has launched airstrikes on or near hospitals, killing thousands of people and worsening an already dire humanitarian situation.

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Over 14,000 people have been killed in Gaza, nearly 70 percent of them women and children, the Gaza health said Tuesday.

Officials in Washington have helped transmit coordinates of aid groups providing food and medical care in Gaza, but it is not clear if they have sent Israel a formal "no-strike" list or providing them with one-off guidance, said Politico.

One of the sites which Israel was informed about was Al-Shifa Hospital, the largest hospital in Gaza which Israeli forces stormed last week, for what they say was a search for hostages taken by Hamas.

Israeli politicians and even doctors have called for the destruction of Al-Shifa Hospital, claiming that a Hamas base was operating from there. The Palestinian group has outright denied this.

International human rights organisations and governments have accused Israel of using collective punishment in Gaza.