UN denounces new attacks on hospitals as Israeli offensive extends to southern Gaza

Three of the four hospitals still operating in northern Gaza suffered attacks in which at least nine people died, the UN denounced, which also confirmed the deterioration of the security and humanitarian situation in the south of the stripwhere Israel has extended its offensive.

The attacks affected the Kamal Adwan Hospital in Jabalia (northern Gaza), where there were at least four dead and nine wounded, the Al Awda center in Beit Lahiya, also in the north, with at least five dead, and the Al Ahly of the Gazan capital, with an unconfirmed number of victims, indicated the daily report of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

According to the report, even in the south of the strip, health facilities are being surrounded by Israeli forcesSpecifically, the World Health Organization has been ordered to remove its medical supplies from two warehouses in that area, where the Israeli army is apparently going to begin acting.

The United Nations insists that hospitals are operating in extreme situations due to lack of equipment and overcrowding, while the Gaza Ministry of Health assures that many of these medical centers are “overwhelmed by the continuous arrival of corpses.”

In its daily report on the conflict, the United Nations highlighted that in the last 24 hours, bombing and fighting by Israeli forces intensified, causing at least 349 deaths and 750 injuries, according to figures from the Gaza Ministry of Health.

Humanitarian aid has been reduced by almost half compared to what could come in during the truce (in which about 170 trucks a day accessed Gaza, while on Monday only 100 could do so); fuel has been reduced from 110,000 liters per day to 69,000, the UN said.

“Although it may seem impossible, we could reach a scenario even more infernal than the current one, in which humanitarian operations cannot be carried out,” said the United Nations humanitarian chief, Lynn Hastings, cited by the report.

For the second day in a row, the only place in Gaza where humanitarian aid could be distributed was Rafah, near the border with Egypt, since even southern towns previously relatively free of the Israeli offensive, such as Khan Younis, are now difficult to access. due to the extension of combats and attacks to those areas.

This aid is also becoming increasingly difficult due to telecommunications problems: on Monday night the main telephone and internet services company in the strip announced that it was suspending these due to cuts in its fiber lines, shortly after it was partially interrupted in northern Gaza.

According to the report, Israeli authorities are ordering immediate evacuations in areas of Khan Younis inhabited by some 117,000 people before the conflict and where there are also currently some 50,000 internally displaced people in United Nations shelters.

In the last two days, this has caused a new exodus of tens of thousands of displaced people to Rafah, further south, where, according to the report, many people, lacking shelter, are camped in the streets.

In addition to bombings that caused dozens of deaths in Gaza City and other areas, the UN report denounced violent fighting on the Saladin Highway, the main artery of Gaza and the only escape route for evacuees from the north to the south of the strip. in which at least 17 people died, including a family of seven traveling in a car.

The report also mentions an attack with 10 dead and 20 wounded in the vicinity of a UNRWA school in Jabalia, northern Gaza, an area that had already been the target of bombings before the attack. one week truce.

The UN recalls, citing Gazan sources, that at least 15,899 Palestinians have died in the conflict, including 198 doctors, 112 UN workers, and 77 journalists.

Evacuees number 1.8 million, almost 80% of Gaza’s total population, and 1.1 million are taking refuge in schools and other UN facilities.

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