Tuesday, March 5, 2024

‘Hospitals flooded with dead bodies’, says Gaza health ministry director

As Israel widens its ground offensive in the second round of carnage, Palestinian officials say more than 800 people killed since Saturday.

Since the dawn, hospitals in Gaza have been receiving scores of dead bodies and injured patients as Israeli attacks from air, land and sea continue to ravage the enclave for the fourth day after the collapse of the truce.

“We are flooded with an influx of dead bodies,” Munir Al-Bursh, Director-General of Gaza’s Health Ministry, told Al Jazeera.

In a few hours, he said, the Kamal Adwan Hospital in northern Gaza will be out of electricity. Ambulances and medics have repeatedly been targeted, including a healthcare worker who was shot while carrying a victim towards al-Awda Hospital. Out of 40,000 injured, only 400 reached the Rafah crossing in the south.

“All our hospitals can no longer offer any kind of help to victims. All our medical equipment was destroyed by the Israeli occupation soldiers,” Al-Bursh said.

“This is a belligerent murderous enemy; with one target only: killing civilians in cold blood,” he added.

Israel’s attacks have also forced most of Gaza’s hospitals to shut down and inflicted severe damage to civilian infrastructure across the enclave.

In the south of the Gaza, occupation warplanes on Sunday bombed a residential complex in the city of Rafah, killing three people, while others remain under the rubble. Another nine were killed in an airstrike on the Al-Tannour locality east to Rafah. Journalist Shaima Al-Jazzar and her family were killed in the attacks.

In the center and the vicinity of Khan Younis, around four were killed and many injured in bombing. Israeli artilleries launched violent raids on Al-Shuja’iya and Al-Tuffah neighborhoods, east of the Gaza city, killing three civil defence members and wounding others.

Inhabited homes in Jabalia and Nuseirat refugee camp were also targeted, leading to the death and injury of dozens, in addition to the bombing of homes in Beit Lahia and Beit Hanoun.

Local sources told Wafa News Agency that a raid targeted houses in the central Gaza Strip, in addition to the bombing on Palestine Square and in the vicinity of the Baptist Hospital in the center of Gaza City.

In the northern Gaza Strip, medical sources said Al Quds Daily that five people were killed in the bombing of a mosque in the Al-Zaytoun neighborhood, east of Gaza City, in addition to the death and injury of dozens in another bombing that targeted the Ata’allah family’s home on al-Nafaq Street in the city.

More than half of Gaza’s homes have been destroyed or damaged in Israel’s attack on the besieged territory since 7 October. At least 15,500 Palestinians have been killed since October 7.

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