Gaza's two largest hospitals, as well as every hospital in Gaza City, have been forced to stop taking patients due to the blockade by Israel.
Al-Shifa and Al-Quds, Gaza’s biggest hospitals, suspended operations on Sunday, according to the World Health Organization. Kamal Adwan Hospital in northern Gaza also halted services when its main generator ran out of fuel.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that Al-Shifa, alongside other hospitals in Gaza, is “not functioning as a hospital anymore.”
“The world cannot stand silent while hospitals, which should be safe havens, are transformed into scenes of death, devastation, and despair,” he wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.
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Israel has cut off Gaza's access to food, water, fuel, electricity, and telecommunications against international law. They have refused to let in emergency fuel, making hospitals unable to care for the over 1,000 patients receiving kidney dialysis treatment in Gaza, as well as 130 premature babies in incubators.
According to the Gaza Health Ministry, at least 32 people died in Al-Shifa, Gaza's largest hospital, over the weekend, including three children in the intensive care unit. There are currently more then 8,000 displaced people sheltering in Al-Shifa, which is surrounded by Israeli forces, as is Al-Quds.
Over 11,000 Palestinians have been killed since Oct. 7, though the death toll has not been updated since Friday due to communications blackouts imposed by Israel.
Dr. Fadel Naim, a surgeon at the last operating hospital in northern Gaza, Al-Ahli, said that patients are dying not because their condition designated them beyond saving, but because the hospital did not have the resources needed.
"In Al-Ahli Hospital, we've lost numerous casualties, not because of the severity of their injuries, but due to the absence of any medical capability for intervention and shortage of specialized surgical teams, essential medical supplies, and blood units," he wrote on X. "In many instances, we've had to convey to the families that, sadly, we're unable to provide any assistance!"
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