Israel-Palestine Escalation
Israel was hit by an unprecedented rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on October 7, with Hamas movement's troops infiltrating border areas. On October 8, the Israeli government announced that it had invoked Article 40 of the Basic Law, which means the country was officially in a state of war.

Russia Views Attack on Hospital in Gaza as Crime, 'Dehumanization Act': Foreign Ministry

© AP Photo / Abed KhaledBodies of Palestinians killed by an explosion at the Ahli Arab hospital
Bodies of Palestinians killed by an explosion at the Ahli Arab hospital - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 18.10.2023
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The latest escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which began on October 7, so far, led to thousands of deaths and injuries on both the Palestinian and Israeli sides. Later on Tuesday, a strike on a hospital in Gaza resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Palestinian civilians.
Russia classifies the recent attack on a hospital in the Gaza Strip as a crime and an act of dehumanization, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.
"Of course, we classify such a criminal act as a crime, as an act of dehumanization," Zakharova told Radio Sputnik, adding that Israel must provide satellite images to prove that its army is not involved in the attack.
People search through debris outside the site of the Ahli Arab hospital in central Gaza on October 18, 2023 in the aftermath of an overnight blast there.  - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 18.10.2023
Israel-Palestine Escalation
What Is Known So Far About Strike Against Hospital in Gaza
On Tuesday, media reported, citing a representative of the Health Ministry of Gaza, that over 500 people were killed as a result of an Israeli strike on the al-Ahli Arab Hospital. The head of the political bureau of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, blamed the attack on Israel and the United States. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), however, said that the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement is responsible for the strike.
The escalation of the situation in the Middle East has gone far beyond the region, the diplomat said, calling it "a global humanitarian disaster on a global scale."