In the Gaza Strip, the Al Shifa hospital is overwhelmed by the influx of wounded after Israel’s attacks in response to the Hamas offensive. Akram Al Haddad, alongside his wounded nephew, recounts how his four-year-old brother and 16 other people were killed in a bombing that left his one-and-a-half-year-old nephew seriously injured. However, the lack of available operating rooms makes it difficult to get the urgent care he needs.
Medical personnel, under exceptional conditions, struggle to provide care to the numerous victims, mainly women and children. Limited hospital capacity exacerbates the situation, compounded by shortages of medical supplies, electricity, water, and oxygen. Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant announced a “complete blockade” on Gaza, depriving the population of electricity, food, and water.
The Gaza Ministry of Health warns of the imminent “catastrophic situation” due to the lack of medical supplies and the destruction of hospitals. Displaced families, made homeless by the attacks, seek shelter in the hallways and gardens of Al Chifa Hospital, but after receiving treatment, many have nowhere to go. Gaza’s civilian population of 2.3 million people faces a heartbreaking humanitarian crisis as local authorities cry out for international help in the face of this unprecedented tragedy.