reuters Medical workers said Israeli airstrikes, combined with fuel and medicine shortages, could kill many infants and others.
Hospitals in the northern Gaza Strip have been blockaded by Israeli forces and are barely able to care for those inside. Israel announced it was focusing on searching for Hamas members in the area, and advised to evacuate hospitals.
The Gaza Strip’s largest and second largest hospitals, Al Shifa and Al-Quds, have temporarily ceased operations. Currently half of the hospitals in Gaza Strip are closed.
Mr Ahmed al-Kahlout, who is migrating to the south, said reuters Know: “My son is injured but I can’t take him to a hospital to get his wound stitched.”
A newborn baby was taken out of the incubator at Al Shifa Hospital due to power failure. Photo: Reuters
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said WHO has sought to resume contact with medical experts in Al Shifa, adding that the situation is “serious and dangerous”.
“The number of patients who died has increased significantly. The hospital no longer functions as a hospital” – Mr. Ghebreyesus wrote on the social network X.
According to Israel, the Hamas movement had built command centers under and near the hospitals, when they needed to go there to free about 200 hostages captured more than a month earlier. Hamas denies using the hospital in this manner.
The Israeli military said they had proposed evacuating newborns and leaving 300 liters of fuel in front of the entrance to Al Shifa hospital on the evening of 11 November, but Hamas blocked it.
“Al Shifa hospital is not currently operating, no one is allowed in or out,” said Mohammed Qandil, a doctor at Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip.
The Palestinian Red Crescent said al-Quds hospital was also out of service and medical staff were having difficulty caring for patients there with little medicine, food and water.
On November 12, US aircraft struck a weapons storage facility and a command center used by Iran-aligned forces in Syria. This is the latest retaliatory attack by Washington in the context of targeting US troops in the Middle East. “Over the past two hours, the United States has conducted precision defensive strikes on two locations in Syria,” a US official told ABC News.