In Gaza’s largest hospital, thousands are trapped amid fierce fighting between Israeli and Hamas forces, impeding evacuations. Al-Shifa hospital faces worsening conditions, with reports of “violent fighting” on Sunday, leading to two babies’ deaths as their incubators lost power.
Israel claims that Hamas intentionally established an operational headquarters at the hospital, accusing them of using it for military purposes. The World Health Organization (WHO) and UN agencies warn that about 3,000 individuals inside lack sufficient fuel, water, and food.
WHO director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus described the hospital’s situation as “dire and perilous,” emphasizing its non-functionality for three days due to the lack of electricity and water.
“Regrettably, the hospital is not functioning as a hospital anymore,” said WHO director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, after making contact with on-the-ground staff.
Youssef Abu Rish, deputy health minister in the Hamas government, reported three more premature babies and six critical patients’ deaths, expressing concerns about a potential rise in the toll. The ongoing conflict exacerbates the challenges faced by those seeking medical care, highlighting the urgent need for humanitarian assistance.