WHO Chief warns: Gaza's Nasser hospital facing critical shortages
The World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, reported on Friday that Nasser Hospital in southern Gaza is critically low on fuel, food, and medical supplies.
Amid the escalating conflict in Khan Younis, the hospital currently shelters 350 patients and 5,000 displaced individuals.
Ghebreyesus highlighted the urgent situation in a statement and an accompanying video, noting the hospital's dire circumstances. He emphasized that ongoing fighting near the hospital has made resupply efforts increasingly difficult.
"We urgently call for an immediate ceasefire to replenish lifesaving supplies," Ghebreyesus stated.
Since the Hamas attack on Oct. 7, Israel's offensive in Gaza has resulted in at least 26,083 Palestinian casualties and 64,487 injuries. It is believed that the attack also led to approximately 1,200 Israeli fatalities.
The conflict has severely impacted Gaza, with 85% of its population now internally displaced. The region faces acute shortages of essential resources like food, clean water, and medicine. More than half of Gaza's infrastructure has sustained damage or destruction, as reported by the United Nations.