Publish date25 Dec 2023 - 9:37
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WHO warns of Gaza health system decimated amid intensifying Israeli onslaughts

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of the Gaza health system being destroyed as Israel intensifies its airstrikes against the besieged Gaza Strip since October 7.
WHO warns of Gaza health system decimated amid intensifying Israeli onslaughts
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a social media post on Sunday that the decimation of the Gaza health system was a tragedy. He also reiterated his call for an immediate ceasefire.
"The decimation of the Gaza health system is a tragedy," WHO chief posted on X, formerly Twitter. "We persist in calling for Ceasefire Now."
"In the face of constant insecurity and inflows of wounded patients, we see doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers and more continue striving to save lives," Tedros said.
The UN health agency has long been sounding the alarm about the state of health care in the besieged territory.

The remarks come as hospitals, protected under international humanitarian law, have repeatedly been hit by Israeli strikes since the war erupted.

Of Gaza's original 36 hospitals, only nine are now partially functional, all of them in the south and all of them overwhelmed.

After missions last week to two badly damaged hospitals in the north, WHO staff described unbearable scenes of largely abandoned patients, including young children, begging for food and water.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the WHO chief also hailed Gaza's medical workers who continue their work under increasingly dire circumstances.

The US-Israeli genocidal campaign in the Gaza strip is in its third month, with the unending bloodshed claiming more and more Palestinian lives.

According to Gaza officials, at least 166 people have been killed in the past 24 hours.

The latest attacks targeted the southern city of Khan Yunis and the northern city of Jabalia.

Meanwhile, a human rights monitor says Israel has turned Gaza schools used to shelter displaced people into makeshift military barracks and sites for field execution.

The Euro-Med human rights group said the regime has carried out field executions in many schools.

 It cited the killing of 15 people at a school near the Jabalia refugee camp where 15 civilians were shot at point-blank range after interrogation.

According to the monitoring group, schools have also been turned into targets of the Israeli army and are being struck on a daily basis.

Demonstrations in solidarity with Palestinians are continuing apace across the world as Gaza remains under heavy Israeli military strikes.

Thousands of Moroccans stage a rally in the capital Rabat, calling on their government to abolish its normalization agreement with Israel.

In the capital Rabat, protesters called on the Moroccan government to abolish its normalization agreement with Israel.

It was one of the largest pro-Palestinian marches in Morocco since the start of the Israeli onslaught on Gaza on October 7.

There were also similar protests in Italy, the UK, Germany and Pakistan.

Protests against the Israeli genocide also continued in the US during the Christmas holiday weekend. Protesters said there should be “no business and Christmas as usual” amid the atrocities.

They also called on people to join the boycott and sanctions movement to demand an end to US support for Israel.

Israel’s genocidal war on Gaza is now in its 79th day.

 The total death toll stands at over 20,400. Also, more than 54,000 people have been injured. The majority of the victims are women and children.

Those who have survived the war are living in dire conditions. Vast areas of Gaza lie in ruins and its 2.4 million people have endured dire shortages of water, food, fuel and medicine.
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