Some Gaza hospitals have become such an integral part of the battle between Israeli forces and Hamas, the safest place for patients and staff is elsewhere.
Twenty-eight of the 31 premature babies evacuated from Shifa Hospital on Sunday were transported to Egyptian medical facilities Monday, the same day 12 people were killed and others injured in what the Hamas-run Health Ministry said was Israeli shelling at another hospital in north Gaza. Israel said it returned fire from militants but did not shell Indonesian Hospital.
Of the original 39 premature babies authorities warned were endangered as fighting around Shifa intensified, eight have died. The surviving ones face an uphill battle after getting sick amid a lack of medicines, clean water and power for incubators along with other substandard conditions at the besieged Shifa, raided by Israeli forces last week.
“All babies are fighting serious infections and others conditions, and need specialized medical care,” World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesuthat included a video showing the group effort to care for and transport the tiny infants.
The 31 babies were taken for stabilization Sunday to a hospital in the southern Gaza city of Rafah. Three of them remain there in “good health,” the.
Part of the war has focused on north Gaza hospitals because Israel says Hamas uses the civilians there as human shields and that it operated a major command hub inside and beneath the 20-acre Shifa complex, a claim hospital officials and Hamas deny. The White House said Monday it has “corroborated” Israel’s assertion.
The WHO has evacuated some patients and staff from embattled Shifa in recent days but said it remains gravely concerned about the safety and health needs of more than 250 patients and 20 health workers who remain. Planning is underway to evacuate them, WHO said in a statement.
‘Sticking points’ hold up hostage deal:
∎ National Security Council spokesman John Kirby reiterated Monday the White House belief that “we’re closer than we’ve ever been” to reaching a deal for the release of hostages. President Joe Biden also said an agreement is near, without providing specifics.
∎ The relatives of some Israeli hostages met Monday with top officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Udi Goren, whose cousin is captive in Gaza, said they were told the hostages won’t be prioritized over crushing Hamas. “This is incredibly disappointing because … taking down Hamas, we keep hearing from them, is going to take months or years,” Goren said.
∎ The Israeli military said its airstrikes killed three Hamas company commanders and destroyed a weapons depot where they were hiding.
∎Mirjana Spoljaric, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, met with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh on Monday in Qatar. The ICRC is seeking communication between the hostages and their families and also wants its teams to visit captives and bring them medication.
∎ Israel said itabout 30 feet under Shifa Hospital grounds, claiming it represents more evidence that Hamas maintained a compound under the sprawling hospital facility..
‘Did we die?’
WHO chief ‘appalled’ by attack on another Gaza hospital
Tedros said he was “appalled” by an attack on Indonesian Hospital that reportedly resulted in 12 deaths, including patients, and several critical and life-threatening injuries. Heavy fighting erupted around Indonesian Hospital as Israel continues to expand its offensive in the enclave.
“Health workers and civilians should never have to be exposed to such horror, and especially while inside a hospital,” Tedros said in a.
Marwan Abdallah, a medical worker at the hospital, said dozens of Palestinians killed and wounded in overnight airstrikes and shelling at the nearby Jabaliya refugee camp were brought into the facility, and that Israeli tanks were less than 200 yards away.
Hundreds of patients, about 200 health care workers and 2,000 displaced Palestinians were sheltering at the health care center, Hamas Health Ministry spokesperson Ashraf al-Qidra said. Late Monday, he said roughly 200 wounded patients and their companions were evacuated to southern Gaza in a rescue effort coordinated by the U.N. and the Red Cross, and that 400 and 500 other wounded people remain.
, a clinic operated by Médecins Sans Frontières, or Doctors Without Borders, was also hit in Gaza City on Monday. A building and five of the organizations’ cars were burned and crushed by tank shelling, the U.N. said.
Twenty-one people were in the clinic and might be in “extreme danger,” according to the U.N. Their status is unknown.
for all parties to “protect Palestinian and Israeli children and their rights.” This is the largest child mass-casualty in all war zones since 2019, the U.N. said citing the charity Save the Children.
; another shows a . Israeli vehicles stolen during the attack can also be seen inside the hospital compound, the military said.
“These findings add to previous evidence presented regarding Hamas’ use of the hospital area as infrastructure for its terrorist activities in a systematic and ongoing manner,” the military said.
through Israeli border communities, was killed and Marciano was wounded when the airstrike hit an apartment near Shifa Hospital.
“The pathology report states that Noa was injured by the strike, but not in a life-threatening way, and this is contrary to the lies published by Hamas,” Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, an Israeli military spokesperson, said late Sunday. “According to intelligence information, Noa was taken inside the walls of Shifa Hospital, where she was murdered by a Hamas terrorist.”
The Israeli military said it sends its “heartfelt condolences to the Marciano family” and will continue to support them while working toward the return of the more than 200 hostages believed held by militants in Gaza.
that “you are not a lawyer but you are a complicit in genocide against the Palestinians.” Another social media by #UncensorPalestine said “there you have it. Evident display of racism and double standards.”
Contributing: Joey Garrison, USA TODAY; The Associated Press
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