The Israeli army on Monday announced the death of two additional soldiers in northern Gaza, raising to 44 the number killed in the Palestinian territory since October 7.
An army spokesperson told AFP that 44 were killed “inside Gaza during the war” that began when Hamas militants stormed Israel’s southern border.
Amidst the intensification of the conflict, the toll on human lives has been devastating, with hundreds of people losing their lives and sustaining injuries. Additionally, the conflict has forced over one million individuals to flee their homes, leaving behind a trail of displacement and humanitarian crisis in its wake.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) disclosed that they had lost communication with their personnel stationed inside Al-Shifa Hospital in northern Gaza. In light of this distressing situation, the organisation reiterated the pressing necessity for an immediate ceasefire.
MSF voiced deep apprehension regarding the welfare of critically ill patients and displaced civilians who remained confined within the hospital’s premises. Notably, MSF cited reports of ongoing hostilities near Al-Shifa Hospital from their colleagues in Gaza City, further emphasizing the gravity of the situation and stating, “We are worried for their lives.”
Additionally, MSF staff members on the ground revealed a dire situation, where there were “dead people on the streets” who had been shot and injured. Regrettably, the organization could not assist these victims due to the extreme danger of venturing outside in such volatile circumstances. The humanitarian crisis in Gaza remains a pressing concern as the conflict continues to escalate.
On Sunday, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) reiterated its call for a ceasefire, with a strong emphasis on safeguarding the well-being of civilians and patients who are currently trapped inside the medical facility, which has become a central point of concern in the ongoing conflict between Hamas and Israel. MSF specifically urged for an immediate halt to attacks on hospitals and appealed for safe passage for those who need to leave these medical facilities.