Day 37: a recap of the latest developments in Gaza

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GAZA –  According to the latest statistics from the Gaza government, there have been over 11,000 Palestinian casualties, including more than 4,000 children, and over 28,000 people injured since October 7. Meanwhile, the Israeli occupation forces' targeting of healthcare facilities poses a threat to the lives of thousands stranded in health facilities. Other hospitals have been compelled to evacuate patients, who are now "left on the streets without medical care," as reported by a local official.اضافة اعلان

In besieged areas of Gaza, Israeli bombardment continues, especially in the south, where tens of thousands of Palestinians have arrived in recent days, struggling to find shelter, food, and water amid the blockade imposed by the Israeli occupation since October 7, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.

Israel completely destroyed the cardiac building at Al-Shifa
Yousef Abu Al-Reesh, the Deputy Minister of Health, stated that the Israeli occupation completely destroyed the “cardiac building at Al-Shifa Hospital," where tens of thousands of displaced, wounded, and sick individuals are still stranded. He mentioned that "five infants" and "seven intensive care patients" have died due to the power outage at the largest hospital in Gaza, adding that it is "expected that the number of casualties will increase."

According to him, "650 patients, about 40 infants in incubators, all are at risk of death, and 15,000 displaced" are present in this hospital. The hospital reported that nurses are resorting to manual artificial respiration to keep infants alive. A doctor from the organization "Médecins Sans Frontières" mentioned that 17 patients are in the intensive care unit. Mohammed Abu Salimah, the director of Al-Shifa Hospital, warned that "medical teams are unable to work, and dozens of bodies cannot be dealt with or buried." Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed in an interview with CNN that nearly one hundred patients were evacuated from Al-Shifa Hospital.

Save the children in incubators because time is running out
Mohammed Zakout, the director of Gaza hospitals, urged to "save the children in incubators because time is running out to save their lives." On Sunday, he warned of the "catastrophic situation" at Al-Shifa Hospital, stating, "No one can enter or leave it."

The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, described the situation at Al-Shifa Hospital as "serious" after "three days without electricity and water." He said, "The ongoing gunfire and continuous shelling in the nearby area (of the hospital) exacerbate the already difficult conditions," adding that his organization managed to contact medical personnel at Al-Shifa Hospital.

The Israeli occupation army claimed that Hamas prevented Al-Shifa Hospital from receiving 300 liters of fuel. However, its director, Mohammed Abu Salimah, denounced "lies," confirming that this quantity is not sufficient "to operate the generators for more than a quarter of an hour."

Gaza could become a morgue
Médecins Sans Frontières warned that hospitals in Gaza City could become a "morgue." Meanwhile, the International Committee of the Red Cross launched an "urgent appeal to protect civilians in Gaza."
Washington stated its opposition to fighting around Gaza hospitals, "where innocent people and patients receiving medical care find themselves trapped amid gunfire exchanges." White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said to CBS, "We have had intense discussions with the Israeli forces on this matter."

‘Maximum restraint’ to protect civilians
The EU's foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, called on Israel to exercise "maximum restraint" to protect civilians, while condemning Israeli allegations that Hamas uses "hospitals and civilians as human shields." Zakout confirmed that "the forced evacuation of Al-Nasr and Al-Rantisi Children's Hospitals has left patients on the streets without medical care," adding, "We have completely lost contact with the medical staff at Al-Nasr and Al-Rantisi Children's Hospitals."

Possible exchange agreement
Meanwhile, smoke rises from several areas in the Gaza Strip, and images and videos from Agence France-Presse (AFP) show sounds of gunfire and explosions on the thirty-seventh day of the war. Meanwhile, Israel pledges to eliminate the Hamas movement.

In the city of Bani Suheila in southern Gaza, an AFP correspondent reported the destruction of dozens of homes, the death of several individuals, and injuries to dozens in an Israeli airstrike on Sunday. Meanwhile, Netanyahu spoke in an interview with NBC on Sunday about the possibility of reaching an agreement to release individuals held by Hamas. The Israeli army estimates that more than 240 people are detained in Gaza following Hamas's attack on the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories within the Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu claims that Israel is ‘progressing’
Netanyahu claimed that things are progressing due to Israeli military pressure, saying, "The moment we began ground operations, things started to change." The Israeli occupation army is engaged in fierce battles with Hamas fighters in Gaza, where, according to the occupation's narrative, the leadership of Hamas is concentrated, with its fighters entrenched in a network of tunnels.

Hamas and the Islamic Jihad claim to have destroyed several Israeli military vehicles. A Palestinian official in Gaza, requesting anonymity, told AFP that Netanyahu is "responsible for obstructing and hindering reaching a preliminary agreement to release some of the resistance prisoners."

Intensive displacement
Furthermore, the United Nations Development Program announced on Sunday the death and injury of a "large number" of people due to the bombing of its headquarters in Gaza, which had been evacuated in preparation to receive displaced individuals.

Video footage from AFP showed a crater in the middle of the courtyard of a school managed by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) in the city of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza. In the south, where tens of thousands of Palestinians have fled following warnings from the Israeli occupation army, the situation has become catastrophic. Hundreds of families sit on the sides of the road, showing signs of exhaustion and some sweating, while children sleep on the ground, and others lean on their mothers.

Youssef Muhanna, who fled from Jabaliya in northern Gaza to Khan Yunis, told AFP, "My wife is sick, and I was injured with my daughter when a neighboring house was bombed and our house was destroyed. We have been besieged for 25 days without food, water, or anything." As for Umm Yakoub Abu Jarad (42 years old), she evacuated from the Shujaiya neighborhood east of Gaza City. She said with pain, "My children are sick. I can't even find bread for them. Where do I get food for them? I have been sharpening since six in the morning to find them a loaf of bread."

According to an Israeli military statement on Sunday, a "safe passage has been opened, allowing civilians to evacuate on foot or by ambulance from Al-Shifa, Al-Rantisi, and Nasser hospitals," amid continued Israeli shelling of refugee convoys. The occupation referred specifically to a passage from the "Al-Shifa Medical Complex through Unity Street and then to Salah al-Din Street, and moving to the south of Wadi Gaza." Shayna Law from the non-governmental organization "ARC-Palestine" asked, "How can the wounded walk kilometers to reach a safe place?" She added that if they reach the south, "all the hospitals there are complaining of shortages."

On Saturday, the occupation claimed that two hundred thousand Palestinians had evacuated within three days from the north to the south through "corridors" that were open for a short time. Days after closing, the Rafah crossing with Egypt, the only outlet for the Strip to the outside world, was reopened.

On Sunday, 800 holders of foreign passports and 20 injured Palestinians left Gaza for Egypt, according to officials on the Palestinian side of the crossing. Limited amounts of aid pass through Rafah to the Strip. A Jordanian military aircraft dropped "urgent aid" over Gaza destined for the Jordanian field hospital for the second time since the start of the war, as announced by the Jordanian Armed Forces on Sunday.

Mutual bombardment
Concerns are growing about the expansion of the war regionally. The Israeli occupation army announced on Sunday that its aircraft targeted "terrorist infrastructure" in Syria after a missile attack targeted the occupied Golan Heights.

The exchange of shelling continues between the Israeli occupation and Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, with an occupation army spokesman confirming artillery fire towards southern Lebanon on Sunday after ten civilians were injured due to a rocket from Lebanon.

Lebanon's Hezbollah confirmed the "targeting of a logistical force affiliated with the occupation army, which was installing sending columns and eavesdropping and spying devices in a newly established gathering near the Dovive barracks."

The Al-Qassam Brigades-Lebanon claimed responsibility for shelling northern Haifa, Shlomi, and Nahariya in northern Palestinian territories occupied by Israel with "several concentrated rocket salvos."

In Ankara, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for pressure on the United States to compel it to stop the attack on Gaza, emphasizing that there will be no agreement unless Washington accepts that the Gaza Strip is Palestinian. In contrast, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced on Sunday his rejection of an "immediate" ceasefire in Gaza, as calls for this continue worldwide amid the ongoing intensive Israeli shelling of the Strip.

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