“CWith only 10 hospitals operating at minimum capacity in Gaza, thousands of patients remain deprived of healthcare,” warned WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus in a post on social media.

Before the war, Gaza had 36 hospitals, according to WHO data.

“Around 9,000 patients need to be urgently transferred abroad for vital health services, including treatment for cancer, bombing injuries, kidney dialysis and other chronic illnesses,” the official said.

This number corresponds to 1,000 more patients than in the last count put forward by the WHO, at the beginning of the month.

Since October 7 and Hamas’ unprecedented attack on Israeli territory, Israel has promised to eliminate the Islamic movement and has carried out intensive bombings in Palestinian territory, which partially damaged the health structure.

Violent fighting has been going on for several weeks on the ground, sometimes affecting hospitals or the surrounding area, which also serve as shelter for thousands of Gazans who have lost their homes or are fleeing the fighting.

The territory is subject to an almost total blockade and organizations such as the UN accuse Israel of not facilitating the arrival of humanitarian aid, on which the majority of the approximately 2.4 million inhabitants who still live in Gaza and are concentrated mainly in the south, in and around the city of Rafah.

The Hamas attack on Israel resulted in the deaths of at least 1,160 people, mainly civilians, according to an AFP report based on official Israeli data.

The Hamas Ministry of Health today announced a new figure of 32,705 people killed in the Gaza Strip since the start of the war and 75,190 injured. The victims are mainly women and children, according to Hamas.

The WHO director-general said that so far “more than 3,400 patients have been sent abroad via Rafah, including 2,198 injured and 1,215 sick.”

“But many more need to be moved. We urge Israel to expedite approvals for evacuations [de locais], so that critical patients can be treated. Every moment counts”, asked the person in charge.

Before the war began, on October 7, 50 to 100 patients were transferred a day from Gaza to East Jerusalem and the West Bank, half of whom were undergoing cancer treatment.

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Source: https://www.noticiasaominuto.com/mundo/2531057/cerca-de-9000-doentes-precisam-de-resgate-medico-de-emergencia-de-gaza

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