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European Hospital in Gaza Shuts Down


Thu 04 Jul 2024 | 12:30 PM
Israa Farhan

The European Hospital has ceased operations entirely amidst widespread panic and anxiety following threats of a large-scale Israeli military operation to invade the area in Gaza.

The Gaza Ministry of Health reported on Tuesday that the Israeli army committed three massacres in the past 24 hours, killing 48 people and injuring 125 others.

Witnesses noted that the Israeli Air Force conducted heavy artillery bombardments in the Al-Nuseirat refugee camp, while drone gunfire targeted Palestinians, leading to the death of 18 people, including a child, in an Israeli strike on a residential apartment in the camp.

In Gaza City, an Israeli airstrike targeted a house in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood, resulting in the deaths of 10 Palestinians and injuring several others.

In southern Gaza, particularly in Rafah and Khan Younis, Israeli military operations continued, killing at least 20 people.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) estimated that 250,000 Palestinians have been displaced from Khan Younis over the past two days.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Palestinian Territory reported that Israeli forces targeted areas previously designated as safe zones, forcing those present to flee.

In a related development, Palestinian medical sources in Gaza announced that the European Hospital is completely out of service due to the severe threats of an impending large-scale Israeli military operation.

This has resulted in the evacuation of medical staff and patients, some of whom were transferred to Nasser Hospital, while others remain unaccounted for.

Inas Hamdan, acting director of the Information Office at UNRWA in Gaza, described the health situation in the region as critically and unprecedentedly deteriorating.

She highlighted the complete collapse of the healthcare system and the shutdown of hospitals. In a press statement, Hamdan explained that rising temperatures, accumulating tons of waste, and surrounding sewage water have significantly exacerbated diseases and epidemics among displaced individuals living in tents.

Hamdan called for the urgent and regular entry of sufficient quantities of medicines, fuel, and food aid to address the escalating environmental catastrophe in Gaza.

She also noted the ongoing displacement of Palestinians to the western part of Khan Younis in the southern sector of Gaza.