The Gaza Strip has been plunged into an unprecedented humanitarian crisis as the Israeli occupation intensifies its siege aggression on the territory. A complete shutdown of electricity, dwindling food supplies, and scarce essential goods have pushed the already dire situation to the brink.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health has grimly reported that the toll of the continuous Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, which began last Saturday, has reached alarming numbers. As of the latest update, the death toll has surged to 560 martyrs, with an additional 2,751 individuals injured. Among the wounded, 91 are children, and 61 are women.
The Ministry also revealed that dozens of citizens are still in critical condition, with 244 children and 151 women among those fighting for their lives. Medical teams are working tirelessly to save these serious cases in operating rooms and intensive care units.
In response to the escalating crisis, the Ministry of Health has implemented maximum emergency measures in all health facilities and ambulance units. Outpatient clinics and scheduled operations have been suspended to prioritize emergency care and ensure readiness and preparedness amidst the ongoing blockade and severe shortages of medicines and medical supplies.
The Ministry strongly condemned the Israeli occupation forces’ targeting of medical staff and healthcare facilities. These repeated violations have resulted in the tragic loss of three healthcare workers’ lives and the injury of three others. In addition, several medical ambulances have been destroyed, both governmental and private.
Furthermore, the Ministry issued a stark warning about the potential health repercussions stemming from the suspension of power lines to the Gaza Strip. Hospitals are now forced to rely on generators for extended periods, a situation that raises concerns about fuel shortages and the wear and tear of these life-saving machines.
Appealing to international institutions for assistance and protection, the Ministry called for immediate measures to safeguard medical staff, health facilities, and ambulances from further harm. The deteriorating conditions on the ground are rapidly pushing Gaza’s healthcare system to the brink of collapse, threatening the lives of thousands of innocent civilians.
In this dire hour, the Ministry of Health urgently implored humanitarian and relief organizations to step in and provide vital support to meet the emergency needs of Gaza’s hospitals. The people of Gaza are facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, and immediate international intervention is needed to alleviate their suffering and save lives.