The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) has sounded the alarm as they received grave threats from Israeli forces, demanding the immediate evacuation of al-Quds Hospital, located in the heart of Gaza City. The threats come amidst reports of Israeli airstrikes causing extensive damage to the second-largest hospital in the city, jeopardizing the lives of hundreds of patients and over 12,000 internally displaced civilians sheltering within its walls.
The hospital, situated in the Tal al-Hawa area of Gaza City, has reported that bombs have fallen within a mere 50 meters of the medical facility, intensifying concerns for the safety of those inside.
In the midst of the ongoing ethnic cleansing, the PRCS has been on high alert, struggling to provide medical care for the numerous injured patients while offering refuge to displaced civilians, many of whom are women and children.
The situation has further escalated as Israel issued a warning to evacuate the hospital, putting lives at risk. WHO Chief Tedros Ghebreyesus emphasized the impossibility of evacuating hospitals in the midst of such a dire humanitarian crisis without endangering patients’ lives.
Ghebreyesus also stressed the importance of safeguarding healthcare facilities and personnel, underlining the principles of International Humanitarian Law that prioritize the protection of medical institutions during times of conflict.
As the world watches the unfolding genocide, concerns grow for the vulnerable populations caught in the crossfire, with the PRCS working diligently to provide care and shelter to those in need. The international community and humanitarian organizations are urged to intervene and ensure the safety of civilians and medical facilities in Gaza, as the conflict continues to exact a devastating toll on the Palestinian population.