WHO Calls Al-Shifa Hospital ‘Death Zone’: There Are Mass Graves News – 10 hours ago

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – A joint humanitarian review team led by the UN’s World Health Organization or WHO has made a brief visit to Al Shifa Hospital, located in the north of the Gaza Strip. The result of the short visit was to describe Al-Shifa Hospital as a death zone.

The humanitarian review team, made up of public health experts, logistics officers and security staff from various UN departments, could only spend an hour inside the hospital on Saturday due to security concerns.

The team described the hospital as a “death zone” and said the situation was “extremely critical”, as the hospital was not functioning as a medical facility due to shortages of clean water, fuel, medicine and other essentials.

“Signs of shelling and gunfire were clearly visible. The team saw a mass grave at the hospital entrance and was informed that more than 80 people were buried there,” read the official WHO statement as reported by Reuters, Sunday (19/11/2023).

The WHO team described that the hospital hallways and courtyards were filled with medical waste. Patients in the hallways and healthcare staff expressed fear for their health and safety. WHO noted that there were 25 health workers and 291 patients, including 32 babies in critical condition in Al Shifa.

“WHO and its partners are urgently developing plans to immediately evacuate the remaining patients, staff and their families,” WHO said.

“Over the next 24-72 hours, pending assurances of safe passage from the parties to the conflict, additional missions are being organized to immediately transport patients to other hospitals in southern Gaza,” WHO said.

The Israeli military did not immediately respond to the WHO statement or the visit of the humanitarian review team. In fact, 2,500 refugees who sought shelter in the Al Shifa compound have disappeared after the Israel Defense Forces issued an evacuation order on Saturday.

Israeli forces surrounded Al Shifa in an offensive in northern Gaza last week, saying the Hamas group was hiding Al Shifa’s underground command center. Israel claims to have found evidence of an underground Hamas base. Al Shifa staff said Israel was unable to prove its claims.

“The visit was coordinated with the Israeli military to reduce risks. However, it still took place in an active conflict zone, with heavy fighting near hospitals,” WHO said.

WHO reiterated its call for an immediate ceasefire and continued humanitarian assistance, stressing that options for providing medical care in small coastal enclaves are dwindling.

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