On Saturday, a mission led by the World Health Organization (WHO) visited hospitals in Gaza City, including the delivery of more than 19,000 liters of fuel oil to al-Chifa hospital, the most large part of the Palestinian territory, which was besieged by the Israeli army in Novemberannounced Sunday evening on X (ex-Twitter) the head of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
What the members of the December 23 mission noted was “a growing desperation due to hunger,” said Mr. Tedros, who pleaded for “an immediate increase in (the delivery of) food and water to guarantee the health and stability of the population.
The capacities of al-Chifa hospital are “on their knees”
According to the head of the WHO, “ the incessant fighting and a massive number of injured have brought the capacity (of al-Chifa hospital) to its knees.” The establishment can only provide “the most basic first aid” as it stands.
Israel has vowed to destroy Hamas, classified as a terrorist organization by the EUnited States, the European Union and Israel in particular, after an unprecedented attack on its territory on October 7, which left around 1,140 dead, mostly civilians, according to the latest official Israeli figures. Palestinian fighters also kidnapped around 250 people, 129 of whom remain detained in Gaza, according to Israel.
Israeli bombings in the Gaza Strip, where thousands of bombs were dropped, left 20,424 dead, mostly women, adolescents and children, according to Hamas. Sean Casey, a member of the WHO mission, described overloaded surgical wards at al-Chifa hospital, adding that he had not been able to assess the functioning of the operating theaters “because there are people in inside and they don’t open the door.
“Everyone we talk to is hungry”
“Everyone we speak to is hungry,” he adds in his video filmed in al-Chifa hospital and posted on X. “There is a risk of famine,” he warns. The head of theWHO reported that desperate residents had grabbed food aid from a truck heading to the hospital. “In this context of serious food shortages, the quest for food (…) pushes some – desperate – to take food from delivery trucks,” writes Mr. Tedros.
WHO teams also visited Al-Sahaba and Al-Helou maternity wards, which jointly record up to 35 births per day, all against a backdrop of shortages of fuel to run the generators, food and water. , oxygen, antibiotics and anesthetics.
CNN journalist was able to enter Gaza without Israeli supervision