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WHO: Israeli Directives Force Patient Evacuations in Gaza


Tue 02 Jul 2024 | 10:49 PM
By Ahmad El-Assasy

Richard Peeperkorn, the World Health Organization’s representative in the Palestinian territories, reported on Tuesday that 270 patients were evacuated from Gaza European Hospital in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, due to Israeli evacuation directives.

Speaking at a press conference at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Peeperkorn explained that the evacuation orders have disrupted operations at the hospital, despite the hospital itself not being directly under evacuation orders.

Peeperkorn noted that the 270 patients, along with medical staff, left the hospital voluntarily, and evacuation procedures resumed this morning.

He stressed that "the lack of security near hospitals and the restricted access to fuel, medical supplies, water, and food for patients, healthcare workers, and humanitarian personnel can quickly incapacitate hospital operations."

He also mentioned that only three patients remain at Gaza European Hospital, with another three at the field hospital operated by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Most patients have been relocated to Nasser Medical Complex in western Khan Younis.