More than 100 bodies piled up in the corridors of the largest hospital in Gaza amid an “unbearable stench.”
Those besieged in Al-Shifa Hospital, located in Gaza City (north of the Strip), and in whose basement is located, according to Israeli forces, the Hamas command center, began digging a grave inside the hospital complex without obtaining permission from Israel to continue burying more than 100 dead people who are accumulating in the corridors of the center and threatening There is a health crisis, as surgeon Ahmed Al-Makhalati and Ashraf Al-Qudra, spokesman for the Ministry of Health in Gaza, explained to Reuters. In the hands of Hamas. Al-Qudra said: “It would be very dangerous, because we do not have any coverage or protection from the International Committee of the Red Cross, but we had no other options, as the bodies had begun to decompose.” “The guys are digging right now as we speak,” he added.
According to the ministerial spokesman, there are about 100 bodies in the corridors of the medical center. According to Ahmed Al-Makhalati, there are about 120 bodies. Muhammad Abu Salamiya, director of Al-Shifa Hospital, explained to Agence France-Presse that in recent days they buried more than 170 bodies in a mass grave.
Surgeon Mukhtalati explained that the corpses emit an “unbearable stench” and pose a risk of infection. “It rained today. It was really terrible, no one could even open a window,” he said. “Unfortunately, the Israelis did not even give approval to bury the bodies inside the hospital area,” he added. “Civilians started digging inside the hospital to try to bury The bodies are at their own risk, without any approval from Israel. Burying 120 bodies requires a lot of equipment, and it cannot be done with the manual efforts of one person. He told Reuters that it will take hours and hours to bury all these bodies.
All hospitals in the northern Gaza Strip, where the densest part of the health infrastructure in the Palestinian enclave is located, have stopped working, except for the only private hospital – where there are 500 patients – according to the United Nations. According to the hospital director, there were seven premature babies who died due to the power outage. In Shifa, there are about 650 people being treated in hospital, about 250 health workers and 1,500 displaced people, while about 30 children in incubators and patients needing dialysis are at imminent risk of death.
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