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WHO: 10,000 Gaza Patients Need Urgent Evacuation


Tue 25 Jun 2024 | 11:50 PM
Destruction from the latest siege of Gaza. Ashraf Amra/Anadolu via Getty Images)
Destruction from the latest siege of Gaza. Ashraf Amra/Anadolu via Getty Images)
By Ahmad El-Assasy

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that more than 10,000 Palestinians need medical evacuation from Gaza, including children requiring specialized care.

The WHO team and partners have delivered medical supplies to meet the health needs of around 20,000 patients at Al-Ahli and Al-Sahaba hospitals, along with 19,000 liters of fuel.

WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus has called for sustainable medical evacuations and timely passage through all possible routes.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned that access restrictions and security concerns continue to hinder the expansion of food aid in Gaza, affecting hundreds of thousands in need.

OCHA explained that the inability of humanitarian agencies to continuously and safely transport relief goods from the Kerem Shalom crossing, along with the ongoing closure of the Rafah crossing, has exacerbated the challenges impacting relief operations.

The office noted that Israeli authorities facilitated less than half of the 86 coordinated humanitarian missions planned for this month to northern Gaza. More than a quarter of the missions were obstructed, 12 percent were denied entry, and another 12 percent were canceled due to logistical, operational, or security reasons.

In an incident last Sunday, a humanitarian mission returning to southern Gaza after delivering fuel and medical supplies to Gaza City was delayed for over 13 hours at an Israeli military checkpoint, exposing the convoy to the risk of crossfire. Additionally, planned humanitarian missions requiring coordination to southern Gaza areas continue to face obstacles and access denials.

Israeli forces have continued their assault on Gaza by land, sea, and air since October 7, resulting in 37,626 Palestinian deaths and 86,098 injuries. These numbers are not final, as many victims remain trapped under the rubble.