The largest hospital in Gaza ceased to function on Sunday and the fatalities among patients are rising, the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) said, as Israel continues with its fierce counter offensive forces in the Hamas-controlled Strip.
The hospitals in the Palestinian enclave, including al-Shifa complex, have been surrounded by Israeli forces and are barely able to care for those inside. With three newborns dead and more at risk due to power outage amid intense fighting nearby, according to medical staff.
Israel says it is homing in on Palestinian Hamas militants who launched deadly attacks in southern Israel on October 7, and claims that Hamas has set up base in and around the hospitals.
The health professionals at al-Shifa hospital, in a conversation with WHO, described the situation as “dire and perilous” as constant gunfire and bombing exacerbating the already critical situation, as per Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Tedros joined other top officials at the United Nations calling for Israel to ceasefire in Gaza.
He stated that the world cannot stand still, while the hospitals, which are supposed to safe havens, are turned into “scenes of death, devastation, and despair.”