The UN confirmed this Saturday that the four large Gaza hospitals, located in the north of this Palestinian territory, have been completely surrounded by the Israeli army, while humanitarian organizations claim to be “horrified” by the bombings and other incessant attacks against these infrastructures. .
“Patients, including babies, and civilians seeking relief are under attack and have nowhere to go. It is an affront to wage war around and against hospitals,” denounced the humanitarian organization Norwegian Refugee Council.
Israel claims that the Islamist movement Hamas uses medical infrastructure to operate and civilians as human shields, but the organization recalled that it is up to it to prove that this is true, which it has not done so far.
Even if this were the case, the attacking country must respect humanitarian principles and ensure that civilians are not harmed, he said.
“The destruction that the hospitals in Gaza are suffering is unbearable and must stop, not even the children’s hospital has been spared from the violence,” denounced the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
The Israeli military offensive against Gaza has caused more than 11,000 deaths and nearly 25,000 injuries in 35 days, according to United Nations figures.
The besieged hospitals can practically no longer care for the wounded. The most important one – Al-Shifa hospital – has been left without electricity after the fuel used to run the generators completely ran out, while two other reference medical centers, including the one for children, have also stopped working after suffering serious damage.
Israel has indicated that civilians in northern Gaza – still numbering around 300,000 – will be able to leave that sector during daily breaks in the bombing.
The UN Humanitarian Aid Coordination Office indicated that, due to this promise, this Friday some 30,000 people left Wadi Gaza (an area in the north) through a corridor opened by the army, but that in the afternoon there were several explosions on that road and that caused deaths and injuries.