in Gaza, the heartfelt cry of a surgeon overwhelmed by the chaotic situation in hospitals

Nearly three months after the start of the war between Hamas and Israel, the humanitarian situation in Gaza is still deteriorating day by day, as witnessed by local residents.


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This photograph taken on December 16, 2023 and released on December 27 by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows injured Palestinians waiting for treatment at al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City.  (AFP / World Health Organization)

Not a shadow of a truce in Gaza. The Israeli army is increasing its strikes as part of its operation against Hamas which, according to it, could last for another “many months“despite serious humanitarian concerns. Israeli forces”fight at Khan Younes” And “extend“their operations in camps in the center, said army spokesperson Daniel Hagari on Tuesday, December 26. France said to itself”seriously concerned” with this announcement, said the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a press release.

On the ground, the humanitarian situation is getting a little closer to the abyss every day: if the war has forced 1.9 million people to flee their homes in the Gaza Strip, or 85% of the population according to the UN, famine threat in the territory and most hospitals are out of service. And, every day, a parade of ambulances and wounded people arrive at the largest still functional hospital in the Gaza Strip, in Khan Younes, say residents still there. “It’s chaos. There are dozens of people injured, they are on the hospital floor. The doctors are trying to treat them..”, writes to us for example Noor, a young Gazan.

“How many more will have to die?”

Doctor Ahmed Moghrabi, head of the plastic surgery department at Nasser hospital, explains: he had to work 24 hours a day, for more than 80 days. He is now exhausted and vents his anger in a video: “How can we let the entire population die of hunger? How many more will have to die before this ceasefire?“, he asks.

Me, as a doctor, as a surgeon, I can’t save lives properly when I’m supposed to. Because I don’t have the right tools, I no longer have the right medical equipment. And my patients don’t have proper food, and to clean their wounds, they don’t have clean water. I don’t know what we’re supposed to do anymore, I don’t know. Everyone is dying of hunger, cold, water contamination…” he describes live and in English on Al-Jazeera, before addressing Western countries: “You, I don’t know how you let this go…

More than 240 people have been killed in the past 24 hours, the Hamas health ministry said Tuesday.

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