The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed profound disturbance following reports of Israeli attacks in the vicinity of Gaza City's Al-Shifa Hospital. In a statement released early Saturday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus highlighted the grave situation.
“Many health workers we were in contact with have been forced to leave the hospital in search of safety,” Ghebreyesus stated on a social media platform. The increasing insecurity has led to the evacuation of numerous individuals sheltering at the hospital, while many others remain amidst the growing risks.
Eyewitness Accounts and the Struggle for Medical Care
The harrowing situation inside Al-Shifa Hospital was vividly depicted in a video posted on Instagram by a doctor identified as Ezz Lulu. In his description, he speaks of "heavy bombing" in the area surrounding the hospital.
“The hospital is overcrowded with the injured and there’s not even space for medical treatment,” he conveyed, painting a grim picture of the crisis. Additional footage from the Palestinian Ministry of Health showed significant smoke and flares near the hospital, accompanied by frequent explosions.
The Israeli military has attributed the strike on Al-Shifa Hospital to a "misfired projectile launched by terrorist organizations inside the Gaza Strip." However, the Hamas-controlled Ministry of Interior in Gaza countered this claim, stating that the Israeli military struck near the Indonesian Hospital late Friday.
Earlier, the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) reported an Israeli military attack on the Al-Quds Hospital, resulting in the death of a displaced person and injuries to 28 others, including children. Two individuals are in critical condition.
PRCS also voiced deep concerns about the safety of its medical teams, especially amidst the ongoing disruption of internet and communication services. Alarming Statistics and a Call for Ceasefire
The WHO has documented over 250 attacks on the health sector in Gaza and the West Bank since October 7, with five hospital attacks in the Gaza Strip recorded in just one week.
The organization has issued a plea for a humanitarian ceasefire, calling for immediate action to safeguard lives and infrastructure.