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  • Writer's pictureMichael Laxer

Death toll from Israeli attacks on Gaza tops 8,000 as demands for ceasefire grow

Aftermath of an Israeli attack on Sunday -- image via Twitter

As the Israeli attacks on the people of Gaza intensify with the aggression reportedly entering a "new phase", the Palestinian Ministry of Health announced on Sunday afternoon that the death toll in the Gaza Strip had risen to more than 8,000, including 3,195 children, and the number of injured exceeded 19,000 citizens, in addition to 1,650 missing, while the number killed in the West Bank reached 114, and the number of injured 1,950 wounded.

Doctors Without Borders has called for an immediate ceasefire to prevent more deaths in the Gaza Strip and allow desperately needed humanitarian supplies in.
“Northern Gaza is being razed to the ground, while the whole Strip is being hit and civilians have no place to take shelter,” a statement by the Switzerland-based aid group said.
“The actions of world leaders are too weak, too slow, as a non-binding UN resolution for a humanitarian truce has done nothing to reign in the indiscriminate violence unleashed on a helpless people.
“Hospitals are flooded with patients, amputations and surgeries are being carried out without proper anesthesia, and morgues are flooded with dead bodies,” the group said.

The World Health Organization (WHO) noted that “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".

Moreover, according, 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.

Making matters worse, the Palestinian Red Crescent says Israeli forces have warned the al-Quds Hospital in Gaza will be bombed, and ordered immediate evacuation.

The WHO has responded to this news, Al Jazeera states, by calling it “deeply concerning”.

“We reiterate – it’s impossible to evacuate hospitals full of patients without endangering their lives,” WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on X.

The hospital is located in the Tel al-Hawa area of the Gaza Strip.

On Saturday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said: “I reiterate my strong appeal for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, together with the unconditional release of hostages and the delivery of relief at a level corresponding to the dramatic needs of the people in Gaza, where a humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding in front of our eyes.”

The Israeli attacks have led to genuinely horrific killings such as the murder of one-day old Uday Aby Mohsen.



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