Gaza, 30 November 2023 (TDI): A joint UN mission, today delivered 7,000 liters of fuel to Al-Ahli Arab Hospital and 3,500 liters to Al Sahaba Hospital in northern Gaza. However, this very limited quantity of fuel covers the minimum requirements of the two hospitals.
The mission included the World Health Organization (WHO), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS).
The mission also delivered lifesaving medicines and surgical supplies to the hospitals, enough to meet the urgent health needs of 100 people at each facility.
This assistance is critical as these hospitals are among the few remaining functional healthcare providers in northern regions, where ongoing hostilities have crippled the health system.
Three of the 24 hospitals that remain partially functional in northern regions have been crippled due to the ongoing hostilities,” said Dr. Gerald Rockenschaub, WHO Representative in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
The health system cannot afford to lose more hospitals. WHO calls for a sustained ceasefire and continuous access to aid for hospitals across Gaza.
The UN mission also facilitated the evacuation of 151 patients, relatives, and health workers from Al-Shifa Hospital in northern Gaza to Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza city.
This evacuation was undertaken following specific requests from health authorities and hospital officials in Gaza.
The UN continues to call for an immediate end to the hostilities in Gaza and for the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure, including hospitals and healthcare workers.
The UN also calls for the lifting of the blockade on Gaza, which has severely restricted the movement of people and goods in and out of the territory for over 15 years.
The UN remains deeply concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza, where over two million people have been affected by the ongoing hostilities.
The UN continues to call for an immediate end to the violence, the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure, and the lifting of the blockade on Gaza.