White House seeks 'answers' from Israel on Gaza mass graves

AFP , Wednesday 24 Apr 2024

The White House said Wednesday it wanted "answers" from Israeli authorities after the discovery of mass graves at two Gaza hospitals destroyed in Israeli sieges.

Jake Sullivan
White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan speaks during the daily press briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on April 24, 2024. AFP


Gaza's Civil Defense agency said the day prior that health workers uncovered nearly 340 bodies of people killed and buried by Israeli forces at the Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis.

Around 30 bodies were reported found buried in two graves in the Al-Shifa hospital courtyard in Gaza City.

"We want answers," National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters. "We want to see this thoroughly and transparently investigated."

The discoveries prompted the United Nations to demand an independent probe into the situation, backed by the European Union.

Hospitals, which have protection under international law, have repeatedly come under Israeli bombardment over more than six months of Israeli war on Gaza.

Israel's war has killed at least 34,262 Palestinians in Gaza, mostly women and children, according to the Gaza health ministry.

*This story has been edited by Ahram Online

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