As the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip continues, desperation continues to rise as the death toll rises.
At least 11,000 people have been killed in Gaza and another 27,000 have been injured according to the UN humanitarian agency.
The recent escalation that began with the Hamas terrorist attacks in Israel on October 7 has now lasted 38 days and has proven to be a difficult fire to put out, as several calls by the United Nations and its agencies for a ceasefire have gone unheeded. fire.
Hospitals and aid workers have been constantly attacked and Israel has asked hospitals to evacuate patients. They (Israel) claim that Hamas fighters are using hospitals to launch attacks, a claim denied by the militant group.
Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City came under attack over the weekend with several reports of shelling and armed clashes leading to the destruction of the hospital facility and the killing of three nurses, the UN said.
Many internally displaced people, some staff and patients have managed to flee, while others are trapped inside the hospital, afraid to leave or physically unable to do so.
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He pointed out that there can be no justification for acts of war in health centers that leave them without electricity, food or water and that shoot at patients and civilians who try to flee.
“Hospitals must be places of greater safety and those who need them must trust that they are places of refuge and not of war.”
The Israeli army denied attacking the hospital and said it is above a Hamas command post. However, he acknowledged that fighting is taking place “around” the facility.
In a statement on Sunday, the WHO said it had lost contact with its staff at Al Shifa Hospital. More than 100 UN officials have been killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza since the recent war began.
“As horrific reports continue to emerge that the hospital is facing repeated attacks, we assume that our contacts have joined tens of thousands of displaced people who have sought refuge on the hospital grounds and are fleeing the area. There are reports that some people who fled the hospital were shot, injured and even killed,” the UN Health Agency said.
Similarly, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) announced on Monday that Al Quds Hospital in Gaza City was no longer operational due to depletion of available fuel and power outage.
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) building in Gaza City and an UNRWA school in Beit Lahiya, which housed internally displaced persons, were attacked on 11 and 12 November respectively, leading to a unclear number of victims.
Hospitals in Gaza have reportedly stopped accepting patients due to a lack of capacity caused by the power outage. Dozens of deaths have been reported as a result of the blackout, including two premature babies and ten other patients who died at Al Shifa Hospital.