Moscow, 18 October 2023 (TDI): Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that a blast at a Gaza hospital that killed hundreds of Palestinians was a terrible catastrophe and highlighted the need for negotiations to end the conflict.

According to Gaza’s health ministry, the explosion at the al-Ahli al-Arabi hospital killed at least 500 people after an Israeli airstrike on Tuesday.

Addressing the Radio Sputnik program on Wednesday, spokeswoman of the Russian foreign ministry Maria Zakharova described the blast at Gaza hospital as, “an act of dehumanization.”

“If there are serious intentions to prove it was not involved and is innocent, then it needs not only to comment in the media and on social networks but to provide facts,” she added.

Moreover, Zakharova suggested that the United States and Israel should issue unedited footage of satellite and evidence regarding flight locations as well.

President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, addressing a press conference in Beijing called the blast at Gaza hospital a humanitarian tragedy and a catastrophe.

“I hope that this conflict will wind down as quickly as possible,” he added.

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Furthermore, World Health Organization officials have reported at least 115 attacks on medical facilities in Gaza since the start of the latest conflict.

Russia has sought to maintain ties with both Israel and Palestine and has called for an “immediate ceasefire” following the outbreak of war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza on October 7.

Russia, which maintains diplomatic relations with Iran, Hamas, key Arab nations, the Palestinians, and Israel, consistently asserted that the United States and Western countries have neglected the imperative of establishing an independent Palestinian state within the 1967 borders.

On Monday, President Putin engaged in discussions with several leaders, including Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.