Wed 06 Dec 2023 11:50 am - Jerusalem Time

Medical official in Gaza: The northern Gaza Strip has become without health services

The Director General of the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, Munir Al-Bursh, announced today (Wednesday) that the areas in the northern Gaza Strip have become without health services after the only hospital that was operating was out of service.

Al-Barash told reporters that the Israeli army continues to besiege Kamal Adwan Hospital in the town of Beit Lahia and repeatedly targets it with air and artillery bombardment.

Al-Barsh explained that the hospital was out of service due to repeated Israeli targeting and the exhaustion of fuel needed to operate the generators.
He stated that more than a hundred bodies are piled up inside the hospital, and the Israeli army is not allowing medical teams to bury them.

During the past two days, two series of air strikes hit the area adjacent to Kamal Adwan Hospital, resulting in deaths and injuries, while field clashes are taking place between the Israeli army and Palestinian militants nearby.

According to the Ministry of Health in Gaza, more than 10,000 displaced people have taken shelter in and around Kamal Adwan Hospital, and are unable to leave due to the fighting.

The capacity throughout the Gaza Strip is 1,400 beds out of 3,500 beds, according to the World Health Organization.
This comes as a Palestinian medical source reported today that more than 100 people were killed in the last hours as a result of Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip.

The source told Xinhua News Agency that air and artillery attacks launched by Israel on the Jabalia refugee camp left at least 60 dead and dozens wounded in conjunction with field clashes.

The source added that Israel's attacks included the bombing of the Palestine School, which houses displaced people in the west of Jabalia camp, and a residential square in Block 2 in the center of the camp.

At least 40 people were also killed in Israeli attacks on various areas in the Gaza Strip, which included targeting inhabited homes in the cities of Gaza, Khan Yunis, and the Nuseirat refugee camp.

The intensity of the Israeli bombing intensified in the last hours from the air, land and sea throughout the Gaza Strip, in addition to violent fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants, especially in the eastern parts of Gaza City, the Jabalia refugee camp and the areas east of Khan Yunis, according to Palestinian security sources.

At the same time, tens of thousands of displaced people arrived in Rafah, the southern tip of the Gaza Strip, supposedly coming from areas throughout Khan Yunis Governorate.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that the shelters in the city of Rafah far exceeded their capacity, forcing most of the newly arrived displaced people to settle on the streets without shelter.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) distributed hundreds of tents that were set up in two separate sites for displaced people in Rafah, along with hundreds of temporary shelters, according to the OCHA office.

It is estimated that approximately 1.9 million people in Gaza, or approximately 85% of the population, have become internally displaced.
Nearly 1.2 million of these displaced people were registered in 156 UNRWA facilities throughout the Gaza Strip, of whom about one million were registered in 99 UNRWA shelters in the south.

Yesterday evening (Tuesday), the government media office in Gaza announced that the death toll of Palestinian martyrs had risen to 16,248 as a result of Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip since the seventh of last October.

The media office said in a statement that among the martyrs were 7,112 children, 4,885 women, 286 doctors and medical staff, 32 civil defense staff, and 81 journalists.

According to the statement, the number of missing persons reached 7,600, either under the rubble or their fate is still unknown, while the number of injured reached 43,616.

Since October 7, Israel has been waging a large-scale war against the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in Gaza under the name “Iron Swords.”


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Medical official in Gaza: The northern Gaza Strip has become without health services