‘Operation Al-Aqsa Flood’ Day 135: Israel’s War on Gaza’s Hospitals Continues – Mustafa Abu Sneineh 2/18/24

Source: Mondoweiss.net

Nasser Hospital, the second-largest medical facility in the Gaza Strip, was forced closed Sunday following an Israeli siege, storming, and arrest of medical staff and patients. Meanwhile, Israel also bombed Al-Amal Hospital in Khan Younis.


  • 28,985+ killed* and at least 68,883 wounded in the Gaza Strip.
  • 380+ Palestinians killed in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem
  • Israel revises its estimated October 7 death toll down from 1,400 to 1,147.
  • 573 Israeli soldiers killed since October 7, and at least 3,221 injured.**

*This figure was confirmed by Gaza’s Ministry of Health on Telegram channel. Some rights groups put the death toll number closer to 36,500 when accounting for those presumed dead.

** This figure is released by the Israeli military, showing the soldiers whose names “were allowed to be published.”

Key Developments

  • The chief of WHO says, “Nasser Hospital in Gaza is not functional anymore, after a weeklong siege followed by the ongoing [Israeli] raid”.
  • Israel blocks WHO team from entering Nasser Hospital to assess condition of patients and critical medical needs.
  • Dr. Ashraf Al-Qudra, spokesperson of Gaza’s Ministry of Health, says Israeli forces turned Nasser Hospital into “a military barracks and put it out of service.”
  • Al-Qudra says Israeli forces “arrested dozens of patients who were unable to move while they were on treatment beds.”
  • PRCS says Israeli artillery shells bombed third floor of Al-Amal Hospital in Khan Younis on Sunday. Israeli forces prevent food, medical supplies and fuel delivery to Al-Amal.
  • Israel bombs central Gaza areas of Deir Al-Balah and Nuseirat refugee camp overnight, kills at least 40 Palestinians.
  • Municipality of Gaza City says Israeli aggression destroyed 42,000 meters of water pipes, 40 wells, nine water primary tanks, and 480 agricultural water valves since October.
  • Tens of millions of people worldwide protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza Strip, calling for holding Israel accountable for its crimes and for immediate ceasefire.
  • Israel’s Foreign Minister says “If the price of expanding the peace agreements is a Palestinian state, then I give up the peace agreements. A Palestinian state – there won’t be. Period.”
  • Marwan Al-Barghouti, popular national figure and Fatah leader was transferred again into solitary confinement in Ramla prison.
  • Overnight, Israeli settlers attack Turmus Ayya village, north of Ramallah, and burn several Palestinian cars.
  • Israeli authorities force Palestinian to self-demolish their home in Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood.

“Nasser hospital in Gaza is not functional anymore”

The second-largest medical facility in the Gaza Strip, Nasser Hospital, went out of service on Sunday morning following an Israeli siege, storming, and arrest of medical staff and patients.

“Nasser hospital in Gaza is not functional anymore, after a weeklong siege followed by the ongoing raid,” the chief of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, wrote on X platform.

Israeli snipers stationed close to the Nasser Hospital had shot and killed several Palestinian patients or visitors in the past weeks. On Saturday, Israeli forces stormed the medical complex and detained 100 Palestinians.

“Both yesterday and the day before, the WHO team was not permitted to enter the hospital to assess the conditions of the patients and critical medical needs, despite reaching the hospital compound to deliver fuel alongside partners,” Ghebreyesus wrote.

He added that at least 200 patients remain trapped inside the Nasser Hospital, and 20 need urgent treatment and referrals to other medical centers….

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