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Greek Orthodox church was bombed by Israel in Gaza
27 October 2023
A Greek Orthodox church in the Gaza Strip which was sheltering hundreds of
displaced Palestinians was hit last week by an Israeli air strike, the Orthodox
Patriarchate of Jerusalem said, and Palestinian health officials said at least 18
people were killed.
The Church of Saint Porphyrios, holds immense historical and cultural significance
as one of the oldest churches in the world.
Days earlier, the people of Palestine suffered one of the most horrific tragedies in
the latest conflict with Israel, with at least 500 people mainly children and women
killed by a blast which struck the Gaza City Hospital last week.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said that respect for international
humanitarian law was paramount, and that the protection of innocent life must
be a priority. Mr Albanese also condemned attacks which targeted civilian
infrastructure, including hospitals.
More than 7000 Palestinians and 1,400 Israelis have been killed since a Hamas
terrorist attack on October 7, followed by relentless air strikes by Israel and a
continued siege of Gaza.
In Australia, thousands of people have taken part in pro-Palestinian
demonstrations in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth on Saturday.
Michelle Berkon, from the group Jews Against the Occupation, told the crowd she
defied Israel’s “exploitation of our history”, and that the Palestinian people had “a
right to sanctuary in their own home”.
Adelaide, South Australia