WHO chief decries collapse of medical services at Shifa Hospital amid Israeli attacks, urges immediate cease-fire in Gaza

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The chief of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, announced that they have restored communication with Al-Shifa Hospital in the Gaza Strip and said that the hospital is no longer functioning as a hospital

WHO chief decries collapse of medical services at Shifa Hospital amid Israeli attacks, urges immediate cease-fire in Gaza

Communication has been restored with the Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza, but after Israeli attacks, it is no longer possible for the hospital to function as a hospital, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), said on late Sunday in a statement on his social media account.

“Tragically, the number of patient fatalities has increased significantly. Regrettably, the hospital is not functioning as a hospital anymore. The world cannot stand silent while hospitals, which should be safe havens, are transformed into scenes of death, devastation, and despair. Cease-fire. Now,” he stated.

Noting that the hospital has been without electricity, water, and very weak internet for 3 days, Ghebreyesus emphasized that this has seriously affected its ability to provide basic care.

The WHO had previously announced that it had completely severed its communication with Al-Shifa Hospital.

INHUMANE TRAGEDY

Last Saturday, two premature babies lost their lives due to lack of oxygen after power cuts hit Al-Shifa Hospital, Physicians for Human Rights–Israel revealed citing doctors working at the hospital.

"As a result of the lack of electricity, we can report that the neonatal intensive care unit has stopped working. Six premature infants have died, and there is a real risk to the lives of 37 other premature infants," the group said.

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Sunday said it was deeply worried about the issue of premature deaths at Al-Shifa Hospital and called for a cease-fire.

With this, Al-Shifa Hospital Director Muhammad Abu Salmiya said that the number of Palestinians taking refuge at the hospital had decreased as they fled due to ongoing Israeli attacks and have taken shelter at a nearby school.

"There are 5,000 to 7,000 displaced Palestinians here," Salmiya said and stated that the hospital had run out of fuel and the crisis was escalating.

On the other hand, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society said last Saturday that babies in the Al-Quds Hospital in Gaza are suffering from dehydration amid ongoing Israeli attacks on the hospital.

The president of the International Federation of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Francesco Rocca, urged the international community to save babies in Gaza.

WHAT HAPPENED

Hamas' military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, announced that they launched a comprehensive attack against Israel called "Al-Aqsa Flood" on the morning of Oct. 7.

While thousands of rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel, armed groups entered the settlements in the region. The Israeli army also launched an attack on the Gaza Strip with dozens of warplanes. The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that Israel killed 11, 078 people, including 4,506 children, 3,027 women, and 397 elderly people. It injured at least 32,000 people in its attacks on Gaza.

It was reported that 1,400 Israelis, including 324 soldiers, were killed and 5,132 Israelis were wounded in the attacks from Gaza.

The Israeli army hit Damascus and Aleppo airports. As the Middle East is once again turning into a bloodbath, a deadline has been set for nearly 2.5 million Palestinians to leave the blockaded Gaza.

In the occupied West Bank, 106 Palestinians were killed in attacks by Israeli forces and Jewish settlers. In Israel’s attacks on Gaza, 48 journalists were killed.

In the clashes between the Israeli army and Hezbollah on the Israel-Lebanon border since Oct. 8, 55 Hezbollah members and 4 civilians, one of whom was a journalist, were killed. Three Israeli soldiers and one Israeli civilian were killed in the attacks organized by Lebanon.

Most recently, Israel attacked the Jabalia Refugee Camp in Gaza, killing civilians.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he was breaking off all contact with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because of Israeli attacks on civilians in the Gaza Strip.

Source: Newsroom

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