Qatar receives new group of injured Palestinians from Gaza

Doha: A new group of 12 Palestinians who were injured in the ongoing Israeli war on the Gaza Strip arrived in Doha Friday night as part of an offer by the Gulf Arab state to treat 1,500 Gazans in its hospitals.

Minister of State for International Cooperation at the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lulwa Al Khater spoke about the harsh conditions the Palestinians are living in as a result of the Israeli aggression on Gaza and the deliberate targeting of the health infrastructure, which rendered hospitals and health facilities “almost completely paralysed.”

She pointed to logistical difficulties in transporting the wounded people, but added that these hurdles were overcome in cooperation with the Palestinian Red Crescent and the Gaza Ministry of Health, and the Egyptian Red Crescen

Howere, the biggest challenge was transporting wounded Palestinians for treatment outside the Gaza Strip, including delays in issuing security permits, she said, adding that work is underway with concerned Egyptian authorities to overcome this problem.

The Qatari minister also pointed to cooperation with the Italian and French sides to alleviate the “catastrophic humanitarian situation,” as both countries have two floating hospitals in the Egyptian port of Al-Arish. She said the Italian hospital completed its mission on Wednesday, as it carried Qatari medical teams on board which accompanied wounded Gazans on their trip to Rome.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Qatar receives new group of injured Palestinians from Gaza

Doha: A new group of 12 Palestinians who were injured in the ongoing Israeli war on the Gaza Strip arrived in Doha Friday night as part of an offer by the Gulf Arab state to treat 1,500 Gazans in its hospitals.

Minister of State for International Cooperation at the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lulwa Al Khater spoke about the harsh conditions the Palestinians are living in as a result of the Israeli aggression on Gaza and the deliberate targeting of the health infrastructure, which rendered hospitals and health facilities “almost completely paralysed.”

She pointed to logistical difficulties in transporting the wounded people, but added that these hurdles were overcome in cooperation with the Palestinian Red Crescent and the Gaza Ministry of Health, and the Egyptian Red Crescen

Howere, the biggest challenge was transporting wounded Palestinians for treatment outside the Gaza Strip, including delays in issuing security permits, she said, adding that work is underway with concerned Egyptian authorities to overcome this problem.

The Qatari minister also pointed to cooperation with the Italian and French sides to alleviate the “catastrophic humanitarian situation,” as both countries have two floating hospitals in the Egyptian port of Al-Arish. She said the Italian hospital completed its mission on Wednesday, as it carried Qatari medical teams on board which accompanied wounded Gazans on their trip to Rome.

Source: Jordan News Agency

WHO: Patients, health workers in Gaza spend night in darkness, fear

The World Health Organization (WHO) said Saturday that during a night of intense Israeli bombardment and ground incursions in Gaza, with reports of hostilities still continuing, health workers, patients and civilians have been subject to a total communication and electrical blackout.

In a statement, the WHO reiterated its calls for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, and reminded all parties to the conflict to take all precautions to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure.

This includes health workers, patients, health facilities and ambulances, and civilians who are sheltering in these facilities, it said.

The statement said active measures must be taken to ensure they are not harmed and safe passage provided for the movement of desperately needed medical supplies, fuel, water and food into and across Gaza.

Reports of bombardment near the Indonesia and Al Shifa hospitals are gravely concerning, it said, warning reiterating that it is impossible to evacuate patients without endangering their lives.

The WHO said hospitals across Gaza are already operating at maximum capacity due to the injuries sustained in weeks of unrelenting bombardment, and are unable to absorb a dramatic rise in the number of patients, while sheltering thousands of civilians.

It said health workers who have stayed by their patients’ sides face dwindling supplies, with no place to put new patients, and no means to alleviate their patients’ pain.

There are more wounded every hour, but ambulances cannot reach them in the communications blackout, it said, adding that morgues are full and more than half of the dead are women and children.

The WHO has not been able to communicate with its staff in Gaza, nor have other agencies, said the statement, adding that it is trying to gather information on the overall impact on civilians and health care.

The WHO appealed to the humanity in all those who have the power to do so to end the fighting now, in line with the UN resolution adopted yesterday, calling for a humanitarian truce, as well as the immediate and unconditional release of all civilians held captive.

Source: Jordan News Agency

A child was killed by occupation bullets at the Huwwara military checkpoint

Nablus – Medical sources announced today, Friday, that a child, Aqab, died as a result of being shot by occupation forces during clashes at the Huwwara military checkpoint, south of Nablus.

The sources said that the boy, Uday Fawaz Mansour (17 years old), from the village of Kafr Qalil, south of Nablus, was hit by a bullet in the abdomen and was taken to the hospital, where doctors announced that he had died from his wounds.

Source: Maan News Agency

Lifesaving WHO health supplies land in Egypt for people-in-need in Gaza

A plane carrying 78 cubic metres of health supplies from WHO’s logistics hub in Dubai has landed in Al-Arish airport in Egypt.

The supplies will be delivered to Gaza to meet critical health needs as soon as humanitarian access through the Rafah crossing is established, WHO said in a statement.

Every hour these supplies remain on the Egyptian side of the border, more girls and boys, women, and men, especially those vulnerable or disabled, will die while supplies that can save them are less than 20 kilometers (12 miles) away, WHO pointed out.

The supplies include enough trauma medicines and health supplies to treat 1200 wounded patients and 1500 patients suffering from heart diseases, hypertension, diabetes, and respiratory problems, and basic essential health supplies to serve the needs of 300,000 people, including pregnant women.

They also include trauma pouches with enough medicines and supplies to treat 235 wounded people. With hospitals in Gaza either nonfunctional or overwhelmed, and movement restricted due to fighting, these will enable injured people to be stabilized and receive immediate, lifesaving care anywhere it is needed.

WHO will work with the Egyptian and Palestinian Red Crescent Societies to ensure transportation and delivery of the supplies through Egypt and into Gaza, the organization affirmed.

While the Egyptian side of the crossing is accessible, the Israeli side remains closed.

The critically injured, the sick, and the vulnerable cannot wait. Too many lives have already been lost, the WHO noted

Source: Jordan News Agency

Israeli aggression against Gaza claims lives of 687 so far

The Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip said that medical teams in hospitals received bodies of 687 martyrs, including 140 children, 105 women, and 3,726 injuries, 10 per cent of whom are children. The Ministry expressed its deep concern about the escalation and continuation of Israeli aggression by the occupation forces and direct attacks on medical facilities and innocent civilians. It confirmed that the medical teams were stationed in the field and had not left their work sites since the beginning of the aggression, despite being targeted, which did not stop them from continuing their moral, humanitarian and patriotic duty towards their people. It noted that the continuing crimes of the occupation caused massacres against 13 families, and these massacres claimed the life of 105 civilians, the largest number of whom are still under the rubble. The ministry added that the Israeli occupation is expanding the scope of targeting medical personnel, health facilities and ambulances, causing the death of 5 health personnel in addition to injuring 10 others. 7 hospitals and health centers were also targeted and large parts of them were directly damaged. The ministry explained that the Israeli aggression damaged the nursery section of the Shifa Medical Complex, which led to panels falling from the ceiling next to one of the premature babies as a result of targeting the vicinity of the complex. The Israeli occupation attacks also put Beit Hanoun Hospital (the only one in the city) out of service as due to repeated targeting of the hospital’s surroundings, making it impossible for crews to enter and exit from and to it, in addition to damaging large parts of it and stopping its services. It confirmed that the Israeli occupation deliberately targeted ambulances, as they targeted 11 ambulances and a health services vehicle, completely destroying them and putting them out of service. The Ministry of Health said it will continue its contacts and meetings with international and humanitarian institutions to support hospitals’ needs for medicines, medical consumables, and fuel. It demanded relevant stakeholders to open a safe corridor for urgent medical aid to enter the hospitals of the Gaza Strip to ensure that the injured due to the aggression have access to their missing specialized services.

Source: Jordan News Agency