Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization, said that the situation at the Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City has grown increasingly dire and that a cease-fire is necessary to preserve civilian lives.
"The hospital is not functioning as a hospital anymore," he said Sunday. It comes amid reports of multiple attacks on and near hospitals in Gaza as fighting in the city intensifies.
The Israeli Defense Forces late Saturday denied that Al-Shifa was under siege and said it would help evacuate babies from the hospital.
President Joe Biden said that Gaza's largest hospital and other hospitals "must be protected," and called for "less intrusive action" by Israeli forces.
On Monday, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell called for "immediate pauses" in the conflict between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas to assist Palestinian civilians stranded in the besieged and resource-deprived Gaza enclave.
Photo shows IDF capturing Gaza parliament building
The photo shows the IDF's Golani Brigade occupying the Palestinian parliament building in Gaza City. It is unknown who took the photo and released it originally.
The image, which has been verified by NBC News, began circulating widely online as Israel's Defense Minister declared that Hamas has lost control of Gaza.
— NBC News
UN says Gaza fuel shortage hampers aid delivery, UN Palestinian refugee agency says it will halt operations unless fuel is allowed in
The fuel crisis in Gaza is so dramatic that trucks filled with aid arriving through the Rafah crossing from Egypt won't be unloaded starting Tuesday because there is no fuel for the forklifts, or for vehicles to deliver the food, water and medicine they're carrying to those in desperate need, a senior U.N. humanitarian official says.
Andrea De Domenico, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for the Palestinian territories, said "lives in Gaza are hanging by a thread due to the bleeding of fuel and medical supplies." And he said since Israeli troops arrived in Gaza City center five days ago, it has been too dangerous for the U.N. to coordinate any operation in the north.
De Domenico said in a video press conference with U.N. correspondents from east Jerusalem that the intensified fighting over the weekend around Shifa hospital, the biggest in Gaza City, damaged critical infrastructure including water tanks, oxygen stations and the cardiovascular facility in the maternity ward. Three nurses were reported killed, he said.
The director of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees says all of the group's aid operations in Gaza will cease in the next 48 hours unless fuel is allowed into the besieged enclave.
Thomas White, director of UNRWA in Gaza, made the comment on X, f