A bunch of United Nations humanitarian employees visited the Al-Shifa hospital in northern Gaza on Saturday, the World Well being Organisation (WHO) stated in a put up on X.
The group spent one hour contained in the hospital throughout which period there was heavy preventing in shut proximity to the ability, the WHO stated.
UN employees described the hospital as a “demise zone” the place “indicators of shelling and gunfire” have been evident.
“The workforce noticed a mass grave on the entrance of the hospital and was advised greater than 80 individuals have been buried there,” it stated.
The WHO stated that a number of sufferers had died over the previous two to a few days as a result of lack of medical companies.
“There are 25 well being employees and 291 sufferers remaining in Al-Shifa, with a number of affected person deaths having occurred over the earlier two to a few days as a result of shutting down of medical companies,” it stated.
It added: “Sufferers embrace 32 infants in extraordinarily important situation, two individuals in intensive care with out air flow, and 22 dialysis sufferers whose entry to life-saving therapy has been severely compromised.”
Workers and sufferers who spoke to UN employees have been “terrified for his or her security and well being,” WHO stated, including that they “pleaded for evacuation.”
The WHO says it’s “urgently growing plans” to evacuate employees and sufferers to 2 hospitals in southern Gaza.
“The overwhelming majority of sufferers are victims of struggle trauma, together with many with complicated fractures and amputations, head accidents, burns, chest and belly trauma, and 29 sufferers with severe spinal accidents who’re unable to maneuver with out medical help,” WHO stated.
“Many trauma sufferers have severely contaminated wounds on account of lack of an infection management measures within the hospital and unavailability of antibiotics.”
Some context: Israel launched a “focused” operation towards Hamas early Wednesday morning inside Gaza’s largest hospital, the place hundreds of displaced Palestinians had been sheltering alongside sufferers and medical employees.
Israel claims Hamas is utilizing the hospital complicated for army functions and has constructed a command heart underneath the ability – allegations repeatedly rejected by each Hamas and hospital officers. CNN has not verified the claims of both Israel or Hamas.
The intervening days have seen the hospital flip from civilian sanctuary to battlefield with heavy preventing happening in and across the complicated, amid an already quickly deteriorating humanitarian state of affairs.
Israel is dealing with mounting worldwide stress to show its claims about Hamas’ infiltration of the hospital, so as to justify a few of its army selections, which might in any other case represent a doable severe violation of worldwide humanitarian regulation.