‘Operation Al-Aqsa Flood’ Day 38: Premature Babies Dependent on Incubators in Gaza are Officially Being Left to Die – Leila Warah 11/13/23

Source: Mondoweiss.net

All the hospitals in Gaza City are now out of service as Israel’s attack on healthcare continues, forcing medical staff to abandon their dying patients, including premature babies


11,078 killed*, including 4,506 children, and 27,490 wounded in Gaza

*The casualty numbers from Gaza have not been updated in at least 3 days, as the “collapse of services and communications” has made it nearly impossible for the health ministry to document and update the numbers

187 Palestinians killed in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem

Israel revises its estimated October 7 death toll down from 1,400 to 1,200

Key Developments: 

  • All of Gaza City’s hospitals are out of service, says the Palestinian Health Ministry.
  • Three nurses killed at Gaza’s Al-Shifa Hospital, according to UN.
  • At least 192 medical staff have been killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7, according to the Ministry of Health in Gaza.
  • Israel forces doctors to abandon patients in Al-Nasr Children’s Hospital.
  • Medical teams are unable to bury the 100 bodies that have begun to decompose in the al-Shifa Hospital courtyard, putting patients’ health at risk, says the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
  • At least six premature babies and nine patients have died in the last few days, says Gaza’s Health Ministry

Health systems in northern Gaza have collapsed

Israel’s ground invasion in the north of Gaza has continued to expand and intensify, forcing many civilians still located in the north to evacuate to the south of the besieged enclave.

As thousands of civilians of all ages evacuated, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) described the experience as “precarious and unsafe.”

“Men, women, and children, waving white flags, walk for dozens of kilometers past dead bodies lying on the streets and without necessities like food and water,” the organization said in a statement on Sunday.

“The southern area is not equipped to cater to the massive number of people arriving with nothing but the clothes they are wearing, and the quantity of humanitarian aid coming in is largely insufficient.”

Meanwhile, many people are still stuck in hospitals in the north, all of which are now out of service, unable to evacuate due to their medical situations, including severe disabilities and injuries.

Al-Shifa Hospital still has about 650 patients, 500 healthcare workers, and approximately 2,500 displaced people inside the hospital compound, Muhammad Zaqout, Director of Hospitals in Gaza, told Al Jazeera.

Al-Shifa has been under a military siege imposed by Israeli snipers and tanks since Friday and was declared “completely out of service” on Sunday.

Over the last three days, Palestinian Health Ministry spokesperson Ashraf Al Qidra told Al Jazeera that at least 32 hospital patients from the hospital have died, a number which is expected to rise if no fuel and adequate healthcare is allowed into Gaza.

Zaqout added that about 200 families are also stuck near the hospital, not allowed to leave their homes. Meanwhile, about 100 dead bodies are decomposing in the courtyard of the hospital.

“We asked to be able to bury the bodies, but anyone who goes out into the courtyard of Al-Shifa Hospital gets shot,” said Zaqout….

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