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Red Cross opens field hospital in Rafah amid humanitarian crisis

The International Committee of the Red Cross reported this Tuesday (14) that it has opened a new field hospital with 60 beds in the city of Rafah, a city in the south of the Gaza Strip, to help provide urgent medical care to the Palestinian population.

According to the institution, the health unit will be able to serve 200 people per day and will provide emergency, pediatric and outpatient surgical care, obstetric, gynecological, maternal and neonatal care.

In addition, it will be possible to carry out “mass casualty management” and triage. The field hospital team will be made up of around 30 humanitarian specialists from various national Red Cross societies who will collaborate with the maintenance of this unit.

This will include surgeons, doctors, anesthetists, nurses, technicians, engineers, logisticians and administrators.

The Red Cross highlighted that the unit aims to complement and support the work of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, a humanitarian organization.

The United Nations (UN) estimated that more than a million people were taking refuge in Rafah — many of them following Israel's order to withdraw to the south of Palestinian territory.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces are preparing for a large-scale invasion of the city, as they claim it would be the last stronghold of Hamas fighters.

Red Cross Field Hospital in Rafah, Gaza Strip

Experts, world leaders and humanitarian organizations warn that such an attack would be devastating and would further worsen the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, resulting in the deaths of civilians.

According to the Red Cross, several important health facilities in Gaza were damaged, such as Al-Amal and Al Quds hospitals and other emergency medical services centers.

“According to the World Health Organization (WHO), only 33% of Gaza’s 36 hospitals and 30% of primary health care centers are functioning at any capacity, and those that are still operational are overwhelmed with patients,” he warns. .

Thus, the humanitarian organization reinforces that health units must be protected in accordance with International Humanitarian Law: “Hospitals are sanctuaries to treat and preserve human life”.

Red Cross Field Hospital in Rafah, Gaza Strip

Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip have killed more than 35,000 people, according to the Ministry of Health of the Palestinian territory, controlled by Hamas.

The war began on October 7, when fighters from the armed group invaded Israel and killed more than 1,200 people, most of them civilians, and took hundreds of hostages, according to Israeli data.

Source: CNN Brasil

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