Statement on the closure of Al Ahli hospital in Gaza

10 July 2024

We are horrified to hear that the Anglican-run Al Ahli hospital in Gaza has been closed on the instruction of the Israeli Defence Forces.

Archbishop Hosam Naoum in Jerusalem has also reported that an ambulance was fired upon on its way to the hospital. When so many people are vulnerable to starvation, illness and injury, the services provided by faithful doctors and nurses at Al Ahli hospital are needed now more than ever.

Two projects supported by our ongoing Gaza appeal are impacted by this closure and we are urgently seeking ways to continue to increase our support for their work.

Health facilities in a war zone are protected under international humanitarian law and must be permitted to treat the sick and injured.

The sign outside of Al-Ahli hospital in Gaza
Al Ahli Hospital is in the centre of Gaza City and treats over 45,000 patients each year.

Far too many hospitals in Gaza have been fired upon. The Government of Israel must act to protect hospitals and facilitate the delivery of aid.

We pray at this time for the staff of Al Ahli, our partners in Gaza and the West Bank and all in the region. We call on all governments to use their influence to secure an immediate ceasefire, the release of all hostages and an agreement between the parties leading to a secure resolution that offers protection to all.

The Reverend Helen Cameron, President of the Conference of the Methodist Church in Britain and Carolyn Godfrey, Vice-President of the Conference of the Methodist Church in Britain.