In light of Israeli attacks targeting large sections of Al-Awda Hospital in the Tal al-Zaatar area, east of the Jabaliya camp in the northern Gaza Strip, and an Israeli siege that has lasted for 18 days, the Palestinian hospital continues to provide medical care. Services for the sick and injured at 50% capacity, given the difficult conditions the Gaza Strip is going through as a result of the war.
Amidst the shortage of medical capabilities and supplies as a result of the war, in addition to providing treatment to the wounded and sick, the hospital monitored the damage caused to it as a result of Israeli targeting.
Photographs were taken of severe destruction on the upper floors of the building, in addition to the destruction of the ambulances located at the entrance of the hospital.
“After the end of the siege, which lasted 18 days from the fifth of December to the 22nd of the same month, the hospital returned to work, and we continued to provide medical care,” Muhammad Salaha, a doctor who worked at the hospital, told Anadolu Agency. Started care of the sick and injured at 50% capacity.
The doctor said, “During the period of the siege, our movement inside the hospital corridors was extremely restricted due to fear of being shot by Israeli snipers. Additionally, ambulances and civilians were not able to easily transport the injured and sick to the hospital “
“During the period of the siege, Israeli forces fired on the hospital, killing 3 workers inside the building and destroying the third and fourth floors,” Salha reported.
He further said, 'Many women were martyred due to difficulty in reaching the hospital quickly, especially pregnant women.'
continues despite suffering
Salha said the hospital currently provides medical care to civilians and the injured in addition to gynecology, obstetrics and cosmetic services.
“We face many challenges, including the shortage of medicines and medical supplies that we have been waiting for for months, and the fuel needed to run electrical generators,” he said.
He said health organizations are trying to bring aid and medicine, but the Israeli military always refuses to do so.
He said, “The hospital is also facing shortage of electric generators and fuel to run the ambulance, due to which it had to depend on small generators and due to its shortage, we were forced to buy fuel from the local markets with great difficulty. “
The Palestinian doctor called on international health bodies, including the World Health Organization and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), to provide urgent medicines and medical supplies to serve the injured and sick.
victims of israeli bombing
Inside a hospital, wounded Palestinian, Mahmoud Abu Sharq, lies on a bed being treated after being hit by Israeli bombardment during Israeli military incursions into the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood, north of Gaza City.
“We were sitting in our homes when Israeli forces entered the area, so we decided to leave our homes and head towards the town of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip,” Abu Sharq told Anatolia.
He further said, on the way we were directly targeted by Israeli occupation aircraft, due to which I was injured and my children were also injured.
Abu Sharq further said, “I was transferred to Al Awda Hospital for treatment, where I remained in the hospital for about 40 days.”
Earlier on Saturday, Ismail al-Thawbta, director general of the government media office in the Gaza Strip, told Anadolu Agency that during the war on the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces destroyed 30 hospitals and put them out of service (out of a total of 36 ), in addition to 53 health centres, and targeted 150 institutions. Healthy, and prevent him from working.
“They also targeted and completely destroyed 122 ambulances with the aim of destroying the health sector in Gaza,” he said.