The Lancashire Council of Mosques (LCM) says it is ‘deeply saddened’ after hundreds were killed after a Gaza hospital was struck by a missile.

Doctors in Gaza City, faced with dwindling medical supplies, are desperately trying to save severely injured victims of a massive explosion that killed hundreds of Palestinians sheltering in a hospital in the enclave's capital.

Palestinian officials have blamed Israel for the attack, while Israel has said it was a missile fired by Palestinian Islamic Jihad which caused the damage.

Who is responsible for the attack has yet to be independently verified.

People have been quick to point out the amount of damage caused to the buildings could not have been caused by a rocket and caused by sophisticated weaponry. The Israeli army has continued to bomb positions in Gaza and last week targeted a convoy heading to a safe zone killing up to 100 people.

In a statement the organisation the LCM said: “LCM are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the airstrike on a hospital in Gaza, which has resulted in the loss of over hundreds of innocent lives.

"Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones affected by this devastating incident. In times of great sorrow and hardship, we turn to our faith for solace and strength.

“As Muslims, we believe that everything in this world belongs to Allah, and to Him we shall all return.

"This phrase reminds us of the temporary nature of life and the certainty of death and the hereafter.

“We find solace in knowing that those who have lost their lives will be in the mercy and care of the Almighty Allah.

“We pray for their souls to find peace and tranquillity in the afterlife and for their families to find patience and strength during this difficult time.

"It is important to remember that Islam teaches the value of coming together in unity, raising awareness, upholding justice and supporting the affected families.

“This is how we can demonstrate the true spirit of Islam. May Allah grant the deceased the highest ranks in Jannah (Paradise) and provide comfort and ease to their grieving families, Ameen.

"We also pray for an end to violence and conflict across the world especially here in Gaza and for lasting peace to prevail in all nations and communities.”

Israeli strikes on Gaza had killed at least 2,778 people, nearly two-thirds of them children, and wounded 9,700 others, according to the Gaza health ministry.

More than 1,400 people in Israel have been killed, mostly civilians who died in Hamas’s attack on Saturday October 7. The assault also resulted in some 200 being taken captive into Gaza.