“The Israeli army is besieging the Indonesian hospital”, where there are “around 700 patients and caregivers”, said Hamas Health Ministry spokesperson Ashraf al-Qidreh on Monday, saying he feared “that it would “the same thing happens there as in al-Chifa.”
The army continues to search every corner of this immense complex and says it has discovered a tunnel 55 meters long and dug to 10 meters depth chamber containing “grenade launchers, explosives and Kalashnikovs”.
Around 2,300 people according to the UN, patients, staff and civilians seeking to protect themselves were stranded for days in this hospital surrounded by fighting, deprived of water and electricity, before most of them were evacuated on Saturday. between them.
According to the World Health Organization, whose experts visited al-Chifa, on Sunday it still housed 20 caregivers and more than 250 patients unable to move without medical assistance.
The UN has called several times for the emergency delivery of fuel, in particular to power the necessary generators to the operation of hospitals.
At the request of the United States, Israel agreed on Friday to allow fuel into the territory, where around 120,000 liters arrived on Saturday, according to the UN which considers these deliveries insufficient.
Around 1.6 million of the 2.4 million inhabitants of the Gaza Strip, according to the UN, have been displaced by the war in this overpopulated territory of 362 square kilometers, subject since October 9 to a “complete siege” by Israel , which blocks deliveries of food, water, electricity and medicine.
Hundreds of thousands of displaced people are crowded together in very precarious conditions in the south, which is not spared from the bombings either.
On Monday, a first field hospital from Jordan arrived in the Gaza Strip, according to Palestinian officials, to be installed in Khan Younes, a large city in the south.
Residents of the neighboring town of Rafah searched through the rubble of their devastated neighborhood on Monday after a bombing of an inhabited building, according to AFP images. Some collected some clothes while others transported the remains of the victims, wrapped in white sheets, in a truck to bury them.
“We were sleeping at home and we came to see what had happened after hearing a loud boom. We found buildings reduced to ruins,” testified a resident of the neighborhood, Shehda Mosallem.
Sunday evening, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) indicated that 122 patients had arrived in “a few minutes” at the Nasser hospital in Khan Younès, after an Israeli strike about a kilometer from this complex where the NGO is deployed.
“A humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding in Gaza,” declared the head of Chinese diplomacy Wang Yi, who on Monday welcomed the foreign ministers of the Palestinian Authority, Indonesia, 'Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan.
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