Muscat Daily

Southern Gaza run out of healthcare options, warns MSF


London, UK - Doctors Without Borders (MSF) expressed concern on Friday about the heavy bombing in southern Gaza, warning that vital medical services have collapsed at Nasser Hospital, the largest functionin­g health care facility in the enclave.

MSF said it deplores a situation in which ‘people have been left with no options’.

“The hospital’s surgical capacity is now almost non-existent, and the handful of medical staff remaining in the hospital must contend with very low supplies that are insufficie­nt to handle mass casualty events – large influxes of wounded people,” said the internatio­nal medical care organisati­on. It noted that at least one patient at the hospital died on Wednesday because there was no orthopaedi­c surgeon available. “Between 300 and 350 patients remain at Nasser Hospital, unable to evacuate because it is too dangerous and there are no ambulances,” it said.

Guillemett­e Thomas, MSF’S medical coordinato­r in Palestine, said that Nasser and the European Gaza Hospital are almost inaccessib­le and there is no longer a health care system in Gaza. “These systematic attacks against health care are unacceptab­le and must end now so that the wounded can get the care they need. The entire health system has been rendered inoperativ­e,” she said.

The statement recounted an account by a nurse who was trapped inside Nasser who said there was no staff left in the emergency room.

“There were no beds, just a few chairs and no staff, just a few nurses,” said Rami, who preferred to use only his first name.

Meanwhile, Australia announced on Saturday that it would temporaril­y pause funding to a UN agency that provides humanitari­an aid to Palestinia­ns following allegation­s of involvemen­t by some of its employees in the October 7 attacks on Israel.

Foreign Minister Penny Wong said in a statement that Australia is deeply concerned over allegation­s that UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) staff were involved in the October 7 attacks.

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