On 18 November, a family member of an MSF worker was killed and another person was injured in an attack on an MSF convoy that was evacuating 137 Palestinian MSF workers and their families. They were detained for a week in a MSF building near Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza. Doctors Without Borders said in a statement on Sunday that it “condemns this deliberate attack in the strongest terms.”
At 9 a.m. local time on Saturday morning, an MSF convoy of five cars, all clearly marked with MSF identification, departed, carrying 137 people, consisting of Palestinian MSF staff and their families, including 65 children, MSF website towards southern Gaza in search. From a safer place. Médecins Sans Frontières informed both parties to the conflict. The convoy followed the route indicated by the Israeli army and arrived at Salah al-Din Street, accompanied by other civilians who were trying to leave the area.
The convoy reached the final checkpoint in Wadi Gaza, which was crowded at the time due to intense searches of Palestinians by Israeli forces. Despite information shared with the Israeli army, they were denied permission to cross the checkpoint for several hours. Later, the workers heard gunshots, prompting them to turn around in fear and return to the MSF compound, which is about 7 kilometers from the checkpoint.
On the way back, between 3:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. local time, the convoy was attacked on Al Wahda Street, near the intersection with Saeed Al Aas Street, near the MSF office. Two cars were deliberately hit, killing a relative of an MSF worker and wounding another.
MSF is once again calling for the urgent evacuation of its staff, as well as thousands of other people trapped by the fighting and living in extremely poor conditions in northern Gaza. The organization calls for an immediate ceasefire. MSF says this is the only way to create corridors to safely evacuate trapped civilians.
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