U.N. says nearly 2/3 of Gaza’s health facilities no longer functioning

October 24, 2023

The United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday that nearly two-thirds of Gaza’s health facilities have ceased functioning amid the Israel-Hamas war. 

In all, a total of 46 of the health facilities out of 72 have stopped functioning in Gaza, including 12 of the 35 hospitals, according to the WHO. 

Palestinian health officials say they lack electricity and fuel to keep generators powered, due to an Israeli blockade and damage from airstrikes. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared a “complete seige” of Gaza, cutting off electricity, food, fuel and water in the territory, soon after Hamas’ massive surprise attack on Israel on October 7.

On Monday, humanitarian aid trucks rolled into Gaza from Egypt for a third day in a row via the Rafah border crossing. United Nations’ World Food Program director Cindy McCain said she expected 40 more trucks to deliver assistance in addition to the 17 that had rolled through over the weekend.

The aid trucks, which had been idled at the Rafah border, began moving after President Biden visited Israel last week and secured an agreement with Israel’s cabinet for the “delivery of life-saving humanitarian assistance to civilians in Gaza.”

On Monday member nations in the European Union discussed calling for a pause in the fighting between Israel and Hamas to allow humanitarian support to get into Gaza unimpeded.

“The degree of human suffering is immense,” Irish Foreign Minister Micheal Martin said during Monday’s EU meeting. “We have to distinguish between the civilians of Gaza and Hamas.”

PHOTO: Palestine Red Crescent Society ambulance in Gaza, Oct 7

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