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Gaza Health System On Knees, Can’t Afford To Lose Single Hospital Bed: WHO

Weeks of fighting have turned vast areas of Gaza into wasteland (File)

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Gaza's health system is collapsing and it cannot afford to lose any more ambulances or hospital beds, the World Health Organization warned on Friday.

“The situation is getting worse and worse by the day… It's literally unbelievable,” WHO spokesperson Christian Lindmeyer told a news conference in Geneva.

“The health system is collapsing. Gaza cannot afford to lose another medical facility, it cannot afford to lose another ambulance, it cannot afford to lose another hospital…and it cannot afford to lose another hospital. We can't afford to add one more bed.”

The U.N. humanitarian agency OCHA said late Thursday that only 14 of the Gaza Strip's 36 hospitals were fully functional.

According to Israeli statistics, war broke out in Gaza after Hamas attacked southern Israel on October 7, killing about 1,200 people and taking hostages, of whom 138 remain prisoners. ing.

Israel's retaliatory air and ground attacks on Gaza have killed 17,177 people, mostly women and children, according to the Hamas-run Health Ministry in the besieged Palestinian territory.

Weeks of fighting have left large areas of Gaza a wasteland.

According to the United Nations, around 80% of the population has been displaced and faces shortages of food, fuel, water and medicine, as well as the threat of disease.

“Children and people are crying out for water. We have reached that point and the most ordinary, basic supplies are no longer available,” Lindmeyer said.

“Currently, Gaza requires between one and two liters of fresh water per day. This is water used for everything, not just drinking water.

“People are starting to cut down utility poles to get a little bit of firewood to keep warm and cook if they need anything.

“Civilization is on the verge of collapse.”

Lindmeyer said a convoy was scheduled to bring medical supplies to Gaza City's al-Ahly Arab Hospital on Friday and evacuate 12 patients south.

“This morning we were informed that the mission had to be canceled due to the security situation,” he said.

Health workers in the Gaza Strip said they do not have enough food and water to continue working.

“Patients are bleeding on the floor, and the trauma unit looks like a battlefield,” Lindmeier said.

“This insensitivity must end. We need a ceasefire and we need it now.”

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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