Health Crisis in Gaza: A Month into the Israeli War
The Israeli war on Gaza has led to a severe health crisis, with hospitals and healthcare centers struggling to function due to bombings and lack of supplies.
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As the Israeli war on Gaza marks its one-month, the healthcare system in the region is on the brink of collapse. Hospitals and healthcare centers across Gaza are either out of service due to direct bombings or are grappling with a severe shortage of fuel and medical supplies, officials report.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has documented at least 102 attacks on healthcare facilities since the conflict erupted in the besieged enclave on October 7. These attacks have resulted in 504 fatalities and 459 injuries, and have damaged 39 facilities and affected 31 ambulances.
Gaza City, the region’s largest city, has been hit the hardest, with over half of the health attacks and more than half of the damaged hospitals located there. The UN health agency has called for the “active protection of civilians and healthcare.”
The Gaza media office reports that only 18 hospitals are currently operational, albeit under extremely challenging conditions due to the depletion of fuel and medical supplies.
The conflict, which began with a cross-border attack by Hamas a month ago, has seen relentless Israeli air and ground attacks on the Gaza Strip. The human cost has been devastating, with at least 10,022 Palestinians, including 4,104 children and 2,641 women, losing their lives. The Israeli death toll stands at nearly 1,600, according to official figures.
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