The United Nations denounces new attacks on hospitals as Israel’s offensive expands into the southern Gaza Strip

Three of the four operating hospitals in northern Gaza suffered attacks that left at least nine people dead, the UN denounced and confirmed the deterioration of the security and humanitarian situation in the south of the stripwhere Israel has expanded its offensive.

The attacks affected the Kamal Adwan hospital in Jabalia (northern Gaza Strip), where there were at least four dead and nine injured, the Al Awda center in Beit Lahiya, also in the north, with at least five dead, and the Al Ahly of the capital Gaza has an unconfirmed number of casualties, according to the daily report from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

According to the report, there were even in the south of the strip Health facilities are surrounded by Israeli forcesIn particular, the World Health Organization has been ordered to remove its medical supplies from two warehouses in the area, where the Israeli army will apparently begin operations.

The United Nations insists that hospitals are operating in extreme situations due to a lack of equipment and overcrowding, while Gaza’s Health Ministry assures that many of these medical centers are “overwhelmed by the constant arrival of corpses.”

In its daily report on the conflict, the United Nations highlighted that bombings and fighting by Israeli forces had increased over the past 24 hours, leaving at least 349 dead and 750 injured, according to Gaza’s health ministry.

Humanitarian aid has been reduced by almost half compared to what could be provided during the ceasefire (which saw around 170 trucks reach Gaza per day, while only 100 were able to do so on Monday); Fuel consumption has been reduced from 110,000 liters per day to 69,000 liters, the UN said.

“Although it seems impossible, we could end up with a scenario even more hellish than the current one, in which humanitarian operations cannot be carried out,” UN humanitarian chief Lynn Hastings said in the report.

For the second day in a row, Rafah, near the border with Egypt, was the only place in Gaza where humanitarian aid could be distributed, as even southern towns previously relatively free from the Israeli offensive, such as Khan Younis, are now difficult to access. due to the expansion of fighting and attacks in these areas.

This assistance is also becoming increasingly difficult due to telecommunications problems: on Monday evening, the largest telephone and internet service provider in the Gaza Strip announced that it was suspending it due to cuts to its fiber optic lines, shortly after they were partially interrupted in the north of the Gaza Strip.

According to the report, Israeli authorities are ordering immediate evacuations in areas of Khan Younis where about 117,000 people lived before the conflict and where about 50,000 internally displaced people are currently in United Nations shelters.

In the last two days, this has led to a renewed exodus of tens of thousands of displaced people to Rafah, further south, where many people are reported to be camping on the streets without shelter.

In addition to the bombings that claimed dozens of lives in Gaza City and other areas, the UN report denounced violent fighting on the Saladin Highway, Gaza’s main artery and the only escape route for evacuees from the north to the south of the Strip at least 17 people, including a family of seven who were traveling in a car.

The report also mentions an attack that left 10 dead and 20 injured near a UNRWA school in Jabalia in northern Gaza, an area that had already been the target of bombings before the attack. A week’s ceasefire.

The UN, citing sources from the Gaza Strip, recalls that at least 15,899 Palestinians have died in the conflict, including 198 doctors, 112 UN staff and 77 journalists.

The number of evacuees is 1.8 million, almost 80% of Gaza’s total population, and 1.1 million are seeking refuge in schools and other UN facilities.

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