Patriarch of Jerusalem mourns civilian victims of Gaza hospital attack

Jerusalem, October 19, 2023

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His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem and the heads of other ecclesiastical bodies in the Holy Land mourn and denounce the attack on a hospital in Gaza on Tuesday.

At least 500 people were killed when an explosion rocked al-Ahli Arab Hospital, making it the deadliest strike since war broke out on October 7. The hospital is run by the local Anglican Episcopal diocese.

“We vehemently denounce this crime with our strongest condemnation,” Pat. Theophilos and the other leaders write. “We unequivocally declare this atrocity as an egregious crime, one demanding the severest censure and international accountability.”

The statement also emphasizes that the attack happened on a day that Christian communities in the Holy Land and around the world had specifically dedicated to prayer and fasting.

Read the full statement below:     

To help those suffering in Gaza, please consider donating through the Holy Order of St. George’s Gaza fundraising campaign:

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