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Order of Malta condemns attack against Hospital in Gaza City

The Sovereign Order of Malta condemns any attack against health care workers and facilities in any conflict or location.

What happened last night in Gaza at the Al-Ahli hospital, causing hundreds of deaths, among them innocent children, is unacceptable.

For decades our commitment has been to support these facilities, including in places of crisis: among them the Holy Land.

These attacks affect above all the defenceless and the most fragile and, besides not respecting international conventions, first and foremost the Geneva Convention, they shatter anyone’s heart and are an offence against human dignity and before God.

Such atrocities are intolerable. They have involved all parties for too long, causing mourning and destruction that from violence only triggers new violence.

The international community must respond by imposing a plan that goes beyond war and about which we have heard ineffectively for too long.

The Order of Malta, which has always assured its help to anyone in need, will continue to do so by standing by the suffering populations with its humanitarian actions, without distinction of religion or ethnicity.


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The mission of the Order of Malta is inspired by its tradition of ‘Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum', to assist the poor and the sick, and bear witness to the Christian faith.


The Sovereign Order of Malta is a sovereign subject of international law. The Order - which is based in Rome, in via Condotti - has its own Government, an independent magistracy, and bilateral diplomatic relations with 110 countries.


The Order of St John of Jerusalem is one of the oldest institutions of Western and Christian civilisation. Present in Palestine in around 1048, it is a lay religious Order, traditionally of military, chivalrous, noble nature.