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The final main hospital in southern Gaza has ceased to perform, the UN has stated, within the wake of a raid by Israeli forces on Thursday.

Medics inside Nasser hospital, in Khan Younis, have beforehand instructed The Independent in regards to the intense combating across the advanced.

The newest blow to Gaza’s devastated healthcare sector got here as Israel prepares for an assault of the southernmost metropolis of Rafah, dwelling now to greater than one million Palestinians, lots of them having fled different areas of the strip. It is a transfer that the worldwide neighborhood, together with Israel’s greatest ally the United States, has warned would create monumental human struggling.

The head of the UN’s World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, stated: “Nasser hospital in Gaza is not functional anymore, after a week-long siege followed by the ongoing raid.”

“Both yesterday and the day before, the WHO team was not permitted to enter the hospital to assess the conditions of the patients and critical medical needs, despite reaching the hospital compound to deliver fuel alongside partners,” he stated in a submit on X, previously often known as Twitter. “There are still about 200 patients in the hospital. At least 20 need to be urgently referred to other hospitals to receive healthcare; medical referral is every patient’s right.”

The Israeli navy stated its particular forces had been working in and round Nasser hospital, and had killed dozens of Palestinian militants and seized a considerable amount of weapons in combating throughout Gaza over the previous day. It has persistently accused Hamas of hiding in hospitals and utilizing civilians as shields. accusations denied by hospital employees

The navy claimed in a press release that lots of of militants had been hiding in Nasser hospital and a few had posed as medical employees. It launched photos of weapons it stated had been discovered together with drugs that had been transferred from Israel and supposed for the greater than 100 hostages kidnapped from Israel and being held by Hamas.

“The packages of medicine that were found were sealed and had not been transferred to the hostages,” the navy stated. Hamas dismissed the allegations.

Nasser hospital was nonetheless sheltering scores of sufferers affected by conflict wounds and from the worsening well being disaster in Gaza, however there was no energy and never sufficient employees to deal with all of them, the spokesperson for the well being ministry within the Hamas-run territory, Ashraf al-Qidra, stated.

“It’s gone completely out of service. There are only four medical teams – 25 staff – currently caring for patients inside the facility,” he instructed Reuters.

The Israeli navy stated the raid occurred “without harming patients and medical staff, and in accordance with international law”.

Mr Qidra stated water provide to the hospital had halted as a result of mills had been out of motion for 3 days, sewage was flooding emergency rooms and the remaining employees had no manner of treating intensive care sufferers. An absence of oxygen provides – additionally a results of having no energy – had brought about the deaths of no less than seven sufferers, he stated.

The Israeli offensive inside Gaza – began in response to a bloody Hamas assault inside Israel throughout which round 1,100 folks had been killed and 240 others taken hostage – exhibits no signal of abating. Palestinian well being authorities say round 29,000 folks, largely civilians, have been killed in an aerial bombardment and floor marketing campaign, backed by a blockade.

Israel’s assault on Gaza started within the north and has moved south, with many know ending up in Rafah, the Gaza-Egypt border city which is the one crossing not managed by Israel.

Israeli planes carried out assaults on two areas in Rafah on Sunday, together with an empty constructing close to the border with Egypt, native residents and Hamas media officers stated. The second of the 2 strikes hit an open area the place displaced folks had been sheltering, killing six folks, native medics stated.

Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, underneath stress to get the remaining hostages launched, on Saturday pledged to push on with the navy marketing campaign. Mr Netanyahu has rejected internationally-backed makes an attempt to barter a ceasefire as Arab and Western nations name for a long-lasting resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian battle with the creation of a Palestinian state within the occupied West Bank and Gaza alongside Israel.

The US, Qatar and Egypt have spent weeks making an attempt to dealer a ceasefire and hostage launch, however there’s a large hole between Israel and Hamas’ calls for. Qatar stated over the weekend that the talks “have not been progressing as expected”.

Mr Netanyahu’s conflict cupboard on Sunday formalised its opposition to what it known as the “unilateral recognition” of Palestinian statehood.

Reuters and Associated Press contributed to this report