The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, expressed concern on Sunday that the UN medical agency’s mission to examine the situation at Nasser’s besieged Gaza hospital in Khan Yunis was prevented from entering the medical center. The head of the agency did not indicate in his message on social media from southern Gaza. Doctors Without Borders also reported on Saturday that at least two people have died and another five have been injured, including a nurse, by shots fired at the hospital.
“Israeli forces continue their operations in the vicinity of the Nasser hospital. Intense fighting is trapping people inside the building and preventing anyone from accessing medical care,” the organization denounced at the time. In his message on Sunday, the director general of the WHO indicated that “the mission sent yesterday to the hospital, which is currently operating at a minimum, has been prevented from entering.” Tedros expressed concern for the safety of patients and health personnel due to the resurgence of hostilities in the vicinity of the hospital. He emphasized that health must be protected at all times and called for a ceasefire.
The Palestinian Red Crescent has also reported the destruction of the only operational ambulance at Al Amal Hospital in the south of the Gaza Strip, as well as “structural” damage to an Israeli attack against the main door of the health center. They have also reported the death of at least three patients due to the Israeli blockade that prevents the arrival of supplies such as oxygen.
The Palestinian Red Crescent maintains that “it is not true that the occupation has supplied medical supplies.” They also reported that Israel is preventing the arrival of the fuel necessary to supply the hospital’s electricity generators despite the fact that there is only fuel left for two days of operation and in the midst of “a siege of 21 consecutive days” against the medical center, and a military incursion occurred on Friday that resulted in several detainees, including workers from the organization.
In accordance with International Humanitarian Law, hospitals and sanitary facilities in general and their workers must be protected. The WHO and other organizations are calling for an end to the violence and for the protection of medical facilities and personnel in the region. The situation in Gaza remains dire, and it is crucial for the international community to come together to address the humanitarian crisis and work towards a lasting peace in the region.
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