un condemns ‘acts of war’ on gaza hospitals
UNITED NATIONS: Senior UN officials strongly condemned any “acts of war” in or around healthcare facilities, following reports that Gaza’s largest hospital came under attack amidst the ongoing conflict between Israeli forces and Palestinian resistance fighters in the besieged enclave.
Israeli military denied deliberately targeting Al-Shifa Hospital, claiming it is above a Hamas command post. However, they acknowledged that fighting is occurring “around” the hospital. UN relief and humanitarian affairs chief, Martin Griffiths, emphasized on Twitter that there is no justification for war-like actions in healthcare facilities, leaving them without power, food, and water, and endangering patients and civilians attempting to escape. Griffiths Called these actions “Unconscionable, Reprehensible and must stop, insisting that hospitals should be places of safety not war.
The UN’s Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory Lynn Hastings, joined the call for an immediate Humanitarian ceasefire, emphasizing that civilian infrastructure should not be utilized for military Operations.
Quoting a non-governmental organization representing doctors, news reports stated that two premature babies died at Al-Shifa Hospital due to damage to the last working generator during airstrikes. The Hospital reportedly faces critical Shortages of water, food, and Electricity.
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The World Health Organization (WHO) called for Sustained orderly, unimpeded, and safe Medical evacuations for Critically injured Patients emphasizing the need for appropriate Medical care for all Hostages.
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Amidst the conflict, the UN reports over 10,800 deaths and more than 26,900 injuries in Gaza since the attacks began on October 7. The dire Situation underscores the Urgent need for a Cessation of Hostilities and the Prioritization of Civilian Safety and well-being in the Region.