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WHO delivers medical supplies to Gaza's Al-Shifa Hospital, reports starvation deaths

The World Health Organization (WHO) delivered fuel and essential medical supplies to Al-Shifa Hospital in the Gaza Strip on Friday, following an Israeli attack on an aid delivery that, according to Gaza health authorities, enclave, killed 115 civilians.

According to the WHO, Friday's aid delivery included 19,000 liters of fuel, as well as essential medical supplies such as fixatives, anesthetic medicines and antibiotics that could treat 150 patients.

Mutaz Harara, head of the Al-Shifa emergency department, where patients were seen being treated on the hospital floor, called for more aid deliveries as the medical complex remains overwhelmed.

“We still need many things to get back to working in the right way at Al-Shifa Medical Complex. We also need more delegations to come and visit us to see the extent of the suffering in Al-Shifa, and this is due to the huge number of injured people we have received and which we can hardly deal with due to the lack of medical resources, medical personnel and capabilities,” he said. Harara.

The WHO handover came a day after an incident with an aid convoy in which health authorities in Hamas-controlled Gaza said Israeli forces fired at civilians running for food. Israel disputes the death toll and said most of the victims were trampled or run over.

Children killed by hunger

Warnings made over the past few weeks by humanitarians about an imminent famine in Gaza were confirmed on Friday by the WHO, which reported that a tenth child officially registered in a hospital had died of starvation.

“The official records from yesterday or this morning said that there was a tenth child officially registered in a hospital as having died of starvation. A very sad threshold, as sad as the 30,000 deaths that occurred throughout Gaza and similar deaths are the official record”, said WHO spokesperson Christian Lindmeier.

“Unfortunately, unofficial numbers can be expected to be higher. And once we see them, once we see them registered in hospitals, once we see them officially registered, it’s already further along.”

News emerged overnight indicating that four children had died at Kamal Adwan hospital in northern Gaza. This tragic incident added to the toll of six other young lives lost on Wednesday, with casualties reported at both Kamal Adwan Hospital and Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.

According to the UN aid coordination office, OCHA, the current situation has left one in four people in Gaza facing catastrophic levels of food insecurity and driven people to despair, as seen in a deadly incident in northern Gaza in Thursday in which more than 100 Palestinians were killed and hundreds injured as they sought vital aid on a convoy.

This tragedy led hospital rooms, such as Al Amal – despite not being functional and operational – to reopen their operating rooms to help the victims.

Lindmeier reported that at Al Shifa Hospital people were lying next to each other on the floor, waiting for any treatment, while the system in Gaza “is more than on its knees”.

The tragic aid convoy deaths on Thursday highlighted how distressed Gazans are. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the deadly aid delivery incident and called it “shocking.” He also called for an effective independent investigation.

“People are so desperate for food, for clean water, for any supply that they risk their lives to get any food, any supply to sustain their children, to sustain themselves. This is the real drama. This is the real catastrophe here, that food and supplies are so scarce that we see these situations arising. And food supplies were deliberately cut,” Lindmeier said.

Drinking water and electricity supplies were cut off immediately after Oct. 7, and all lifelines in Gaza were more or less severed, Lindmeier said.

Referring to information from UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, Lindmeier said aid supplies received in February were only half of what arrived in January.

(Produced by Leão Schellerer; with input from China Central Television (CCTV), China Global Television Network (CGTN) and UNifeed via Reuters)

Source: CNN Brasil

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