The president's visit came after hundreds of people were reported killed in an explosion at a Gaza Strip hospital. There were conflicting claims of who was responsible for the hospital blast.
Muhammad Abu Salmiya, director of Gaza’s largest hospital, said Israeli forces had blown up the Al Shifa hospital’s main water line. He described conditions inside the hospital as “tragic”. Ashraf al-Qudra, a spokesperson for Gaza’s health ministry, said “thousands of women, children, sick and wounded are in danger of death."
The first case admitted to the hospital was 17-year-old Abdul Karim Wael, who was transferred from Abu Yousef Al Najjar hospital in Gaza. He suffers from a fracture in the right ankle and an open wound in the right knee.
"I opened the door and saw a man. I didn't know they were special forces," said a patient, a grey hoodie pulled up over his head to conceal his face. "The man was choking the nurse with his hand and hit her with the butt of his gun."
The uncrewed six-legged robot lander, dubbed Odysseus, touched down at about 6:23 p.m. EST (2323 GMT). The landing capped a nail-biting final approach and descent in which a problem surfaced with the spacecraft's autonomous navigation system.
The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) has distributed 29,374 bread bundles benefiting 293,830 individuals. The move is part of a bakery project started by the charity.
Experts said the building was covered with a highly-flammable cladding which could account for the rapid spread of the inferno, which began around 5:30 pm (1630 GMT) on Thursday.