Thomas White, Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, a senior UN official in Gaza, said that the continued attacks on civilian sites in Khan Yunis are completely unacceptable and must stop immediately. People are being killed and injured, and as fighting intensifies around hospitals In shelters hosting displaced people, people are trapped inside and life-saving operations are hampered.
White confirmed that with the intensification of fighting over the past days in the area of the United Nations training center, which houses thousands of people, 12 people have now been confirmed dead and more than 75 others injured, including 15 in critical condition. Yesterday, the center was bombed by two shells and caught fire.
He added: The United Nations was finally able to reach the affected areas to treat trauma patients, bring medical supplies, and evacuate the injured to Rafah.
He said: The fierce fighting taking place near the remaining hospitals in Khan Yunis, including Nasser and Al-Amal Hospital, has virtually surrounded these facilities, leaving medical staff, patients and terrified displaced people trapped inside them. Al-Khair Hospital was closed after the patients were evacuated, including women who had just undergone operations. Caesarea, at midnight.
He stressed that the situation in Khan Yunis is a continuing failure in respecting the basic principles of international humanitarian law: distinction, proportionality, and precaution when launching attacks. This is unacceptable and abhorrent and must stop.
He concluded his speech by saying: All measures must be taken to protect civilians. I remind all parties that the protection of hospitals, clinics, medical teams and UN facilities is clearly stipulated in international law.