Australian doctor trapped in Gaza hospital begs government to evacuate medical team | Israel-Gaza war

An Australian doctor trapped in one of the few remaining functioning hospitals in the Gaza Strip has called on the Australian government to do more to rescue him and his colleagues and provide additional medical aid.

Sydney-based Dr Mohdah Albeirti is one of 16 foreign doctors and health workers stranded inside the European Hospital in Khan Younis since Israel seized control of the Palestinian side of the Rafah border crossing this month. He is one of the

“The message is, before another Zomi Francomé happens, It’s about getting us out,” he told Guardian Australia.

“We will push for the reopening of borders to provide aid and medical missions to Gazans.”

The U.S. government has evacuated 17 of its own citizens, but medical workers from other countries including Britain, Australia, Egypt, Jordan and Oman remain stranded.

Mr. Albeirti, third from right, with colleagues in a hospital in Europe after the United States evacuated some of its population. He called on the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs to evacuate the entire team.

Albeirti, who works as an emergency physician at Wollongong and Fairfield hospitals, arrived in Gaza on May 1 for a two-week medical mission with the US-based Palestinian American Medical Association.

He said his delegation was scheduled to leave Gaza on May 13 and was to be replaced by another group of volunteer medical professionals gathered at the Gaza-Egypt border.

But those plans were thrown into disarray on May 7 when Iranian armed forces seized the Rafah crossing, closing the only entrance and exit for international humanitarian workers.

“We finished our mission almost a week ago, but we are under pressure from our families and are very worried,” he said. “We are also exhausted after almost three weeks.”

Albeirti has a young patient who has had both legs amputated.

A team of doctors, including Albeirti, has brought suitcases of medical supplies to Gaza, but they say they are quickly running out of supplies.

“Every time a mission comes, they bring in more supplies to be able to accomplish the mission. Everything is becoming less and less,” he said.

He fears the hospital could soon become “next” as Israel ignores international warnings and presses ahead with its invasion of Rafah, where more than 1.4 million Palestinians have fled. He said he was there.

Mr Albeirti said he had brief contact with one Australian official.

“I urged them to kick the whole team out. It’s not ethical to leave the team alone. We need to leave and we need to leave as a team,” he said.

“The Americans acted on behalf of their own people and ignored all other nationalities in the team,” he said.

A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson confirmed the agency was “providing consular assistance to Australian nationals in Gaza” but added: “Due to privacy obligations, we are unable to comment further.”

Guardian Australia understands the Australian government has raised his case with Israeli authorities.

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Medical services in the Gaza Strip have been crippled by continued Israeli shelling.

According to the World Health Organization, 23 of the Gaza Strip’s 39 hospitals are no longer functioning, and those that are still operating are suffering from a decline in the number of patients, the severity of injuries, and the resources needed to treat them. He says he is overwhelmed. Supplies of painkillers, antibiotics and even bandages are in short supply, and doctors report performing surgeries without anesthesia.

Thousands of displaced Gazans have also taken refuge in hospitals, choosing the relative safety of hospital corridors because they have nowhere else to go.

The Palestinians were waiting for treatment at the European Hospital in Khan Younis last week. Prime Minister Albeirti said there was a shortage of medical supplies. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Rafah, a city in southern Gaza just south of Khan Yunis, has a normal population of just under 300,000. The population swelled to more than 1.5 million in the first months of the conflict, as displaced Palestinians fled bombing and sought refuge in southern Gaza.

However, at least 500,000 civilians were evacuated from Rafah after the Israel Defense Forces warned them before the first attack on Rafah. Roads heading north and west are described as congested with cars, trucks, trolleys and pony carts loaded with people and their belongings.

There is a severe shortage of food, fuel and clean water in Gaza, and aid convoys to the Strip are being attacked by Israeli settlers. A floating pier anchored by the US military on the Gaza coast has been completed and is expected to begin transporting humanitarian supplies within the next few days.

Amid ongoing shelling, mass movement of people, and chaos at the once again blocked Rafah crossing, international doctors completing their rotation in Gaza find themselves trapped inside the occupied territory. Ta.

White House National Security Press Secretary John Kirby said: 17 out of 20 U.S. physicians said this. Those stranded in the area were evacuated last week.

The three chose to remain in solidarity with their international and Palestinian colleagues.

“I can guarantee that [the US citizens] Those who wanted to leave, they left,” Kirby said.

However, medical workers from other countries remain stranded and there is no information available on when the Rafah crossing will reopen. New medical teams awaiting arrival in the territory are similarly stuck on the other side of the border.