The World Well being Group (WHO) lost contact Sunday with Al-Shifa Hospital, the biggest hospital in Northern Gaza, with the newest studies stating the hospital had been surrounded by Israeli tanks. The Palestinian Purple Crescent additionally reported Monday that one other massive hospital within the space, Al-Quds, has been surrounded by the Israeli Protection Forces (IDF), with the hospital workers trying to evacuate sufferers.
In an announcement, WHO wrote:
WHO has misplaced communication with its contacts in Al-Shifa Hospital in northern Gaza. As horrifying studies of the hospital dealing with repeated assaults proceed to emerge, we assume our contacts joined tens of hundreds of displaced individuals who had sought shelter on the hospital grounds and are fleeing the world. There are studies that some individuals who fled the hospital have been shot at, wounded and even killed.
WHO additionally claimed that since Friday, Al-Shifa Hospital has been attacked a number of instances, with the intensive care unit struggling extreme harm and an intubated affected person dying when the electrical energy was lower. Hospital workers reported to WHO that they’re utilizing up the final of their meals and water shops and are at risk of ventilators and incubators shutting down because of an absence of gas for the hospital turbines.
The Purple Crescent launched related studies about circumstances in Al-Quds Hospital, writing, “Israeli tanks and navy stationed close to Al-Quds Hospital from all instructions. Bombardment is ongoing; whereas the hospital preparations are underway to evacuate sufferers and their households, and medical personnel.”
Final night time, we supplied the Shifa Hospital gas. Throughout the course of the night time we ready 300 liters of gas for them, (and positioned it) 300 meters south of the hospital. We spoke to the hospital administrator, and are nonetheless ready for the hospital to gather the gas. Hamas management, through the Hamas Ministry of Well being, is stopping and inserting strain on the hospital to not accumulate the gas. The hospital additionally requested to contemplate help with safely evacuating the untimely infants. We additionally answered this request and are prepared to assist. Hamas management, alongside the Hamas Ministry of Well being, is stopping this and inserting strain on the Shifa hospital (to not settle for our assist).
The IDF additionally launched an announcement Monday on Al-Quds Hospital, writing:
Throughout operations carried out by the 188th Brigade, RPG fireplace and small arms fireplace have been directed on the troopers from the route of the Al-Quds Hospital in Gaza Metropolis. The capturing was carried out by a terrorist squad that had embedded itself inside a gaggle of civilians on the entrance of the hospital.
A Palestinian Well being Ministry spokesperson responded to Israel’s declare that it’s permitting an evacuation of Al-Shifa Hospital, stating, “This isn’t an evacuation however an expulsion at gunpoint.” The spokesperson went on to say that 12 sufferers have died within the hospital to this point, together with two newborns.
There have been studies from docs on the bottom that seem to corroborate a number of the Palestinian Well being Ministry’s claims, together with statements to NBC from Dr. Ahmed El Mokhallalati, a plastic surgeon on the Al-Shifa Hospital, who claims that he doesn’t know of any sufferers who’ve been capable of safely evacuate. El Mokhallalati additionally claimed that newborns have been moved to temperature-controlled working rooms and that the workers is anticipating to proceed to lose extra because the siege continues.
WHO beforehand raised concerns about IDF assaults close to hospitals, significantly Al-Shifa. The Purple Crescent has called the bombing close to Al-Shifa a warfare crime. There was a earlier blast at Al-Ahli Arab Hospital in October, which the IDF blamed Palestinian militants for and the Palestinian Well being Ministry blamed an IDF airstrike for. It has nonetheless not been independently confirmed who’s accountable.
The newest hostilities between Israel and Hamas started on October 7 when Hamas killed tons of of Israeli civilians and took a number of hostages. Israel subsequently declared warfare on Hamas on October 9.