TEL AVIV: In the heart of the ongoing conflict in Gaza, the two largest hospitals, Al-Shifa and Al-Quds, are now nonoperational, amplifying the humanitarian crisis in the region. Here’s a comprehensive breakdown of the critical events: Reports said that nonstop Israeli raids have forced Al-Shifa and Al-Quds, the primary healthcare lifelines for Gazans, to shut their doors. Al-Shifa Hospital, in particular, is under siege, with Israeli snipers targeting anyone in proximity, effectively trapping thousands inside.
WHO Director-General’s Grim Warning
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), paints a dire picture, emphasizing a “perilous” situation in Gaza’s hospitals. Tragically, more patients, including premature babies, are succumbing to the worsening conditions. “Constant gunfire and bombings have exacerbated the critical circumstances, rendering Al-Shifa not functional as a hospital anymore,” warns Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
As the crisis unfolds, the Israeli military asserts its readiness to evacuate vulnerable newborns from Al-Shifa to another hospital. However, Dr Marwan Abu Saada, Al-Shifa’s head of surgery, discloses that a third premature newborn has already perished due to a lack of power. “I’m afraid we are going to lose the lives of all these babies,” expresses Dr. Abu Saada.
Israeli President Isaac Herzog claims that Hamas has its headquarters beneath Al-Shifa, an accusation strongly denied by Hamas. Dr. Abu Saada challenges this as a “big lie” and extends an “open invitation” for inspection by Israeli forces.
Hamas-Run Health Ministry’s Update
Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry reports over 2,300 individuals still inside Al-Shifa, including inpatients, health workers, and displaced people seeking shelter. The lack of essential resources—power, water, and food—puts lives at immediate risk, urging a plea for an “immediate ceasefire” and the “active protection of civilians and healthcare.”
Mounting Death Toll And International Response
The death toll in Gaza has climbed to a staggering 11,180, with children and women among the tragic victims. The World Health Organization echoes calls for an immediate ceasefire as the international community grapples with the escalating crisis.
Netanyahu Rejects Ceasefire Calls Again
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected calls for a ceasefire until all hostages captured by Hamas are released. The Israeli PM contends that Israel attempted to deliver fuel to Al-Shifa hospital but was refused. Netanyahu states, “Every civilian death, every dead baby is a tragedy,” emphasizing Israel’s purported commitment to civilian well-being.
As the conflict persists, the world watches with growing concern, urging diplomatic interventions and humanitarian efforts to alleviate the suffering of the people caught in the crossfire.