Gaza’s Largest Hospital Under Attack

Gaza’s Largest Hospital Under Attack

 

Humanitarian Crisis Worsens During Israeli Offensive

 The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that the biggest hospital in Gaza is being bombarded, making the already dire humanitarian crisis in the region even worse. At the same time, the U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, expressed concern about the high number of Palestinian casualties, while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that Israel does not aim to control the territory.

Hospital Bombardment and Casualties

The largest hospital in Gaza, called al-Shifa, which can accommodate up to 50,000 people, is reportedly being targeted with bombs, according to the WHO. Palestinian officials claim that Israel launched airstrikes on or near four hospitals and a school, resulting in at least 22 deaths. Disturbing videos posted online show chaos and bloodshed at al-Shifa hospital, with verified reports of casualties, including children.

International Response

Antony Blinken, the U.S. Secretary of State, welcomed Israel’s agreement to pause hostilities for four hours to allow humanitarian aid but stressed the need for more significant efforts to protect Palestinians. Margaret Harris, a spokesperson for the WHO, revealed that 20 hospitals in Gaza are now out of operation, with intense violence reported at al-Shifa.

Precarious Situation at Rantisi Hospital

Rantisi Hospital, the only provider of pediatric services in North Gaza, is reportedly facing significant bombardment. The hospital, surrounded by Israeli armored vehicles, is struggling to provide essential care such as dialysis and life support to children.

UN Describes Northern Gaza as Hell on Earth

During a briefing, Jens Laerke, a spokesperson for the UN humanitarian office, described northern Gaza as a living nightmare, expressing the unimaginable fear experienced by the population. The Palestinian Red Cross reported that Israeli snipers targeted al-Quds hospital, leading to violent clashes and casualties, including children.

Hospitals Plead for Protection

Amid the escalating violence, the Palestinian Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) issued urgent pleas for the protection of medical facilities and workers, warning that the health system in Gaza is on the verge of collapse.

Israel’s Response and Accusations

Israel has not immediately responded to specific claims about the hospitals. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson, Lt Col Richard Hecht, stated that the IDF does not target hospitals but would respond if Hamas terrorists were using them as cover for military activities. The IDF accuses Hamas of using civilian institutions as shields for their military bases.

Gazans Loot Aid Centers, UN Reports

Increasing Exodus Despite Humanitarian Pauses

The airstrikes have caused a mass exodus of displaced Palestinians, with thousands fleeing from northern Gaza to the south. The White House announced that Israel would implement four-hour humanitarian pauses to allow people to leave through designated corridors, although the fighting shows no signs of stopping.

Humanitarian Catastrophe Unfolding

Israel’s bombardment of Gaza has resulted in over 11,000 Palestinian deaths, according to health officials. A humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding as basic supplies run out and the medical system becomes overwhelmed. The conflict escalated on October 7 when Hamas militants attacked southern Israeli communities, resulting in a significant loss of life.

As the situation continues to worsen, there are growing international calls for an immediate ceasefire and increased humanitarian aid. The world watches with deep concern as the people of Gaza suffer the devastating consequences of this ongoing conflict.

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