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Majority Of Gaza Hospitals And Clinics Shut Down: Palestinian Health Ministry

Of the 72 primary health care clinics, 52 have also been forced to close, it added.

More than 40 patients, including four premature babies, have died at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, Gaza’s largest hospital, in the last six days, according to the health ministry.

Most of the intensive care unit patients, who were on ventilators due to the lack of fuel and oxygen at the Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza, have died, the doctor who leads the burns department at the hospital told Al-Jazeera over the phone from inside the facility on Friday.

Dr. Ahmad Mofeed Al-Mokhalalati noted a significant decrease in the number of premature babies in their care, with little hope for the survival of the remaining infants under the current conditions.

The hospital, which is Gaza’s largest, is grappling with a severe shortage of basic necessities — no water and no electricity in the main buildings of the compound, the doctor continued.

As a result, surgical operations have come to a halt due to the lack of electricity. This has led to an increase in suffering, especially among children who are now facing severe intestinal infections, a direct consequence of the unavailability of clean water, Al-Mokhalalati added.

And although he noted that Israeli forces promised to provide food, the supply delivered was grossly insufficient, catering to for only 40% of those inside the hospital, he stated.

The situation escalated when the Israeli forces stormed two buildings within the medical compound, with tanks still present in the area, the doctor noted. Snipers have been deployed around the hospital, adding a layer of fear and uncertainty according to Al-Mokhalalati.

Ashraf al-Qudra, the Ministry of Health spokesperson in al-Shifa Hospital, also said that the situation is “catastrophic”, as Israeli soldiers continue to raid the building.

“There is not a drop

Palestinian Death Toll Passes 8,000: Gaza Health Ministry

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip — Thousands of people broke into aid warehouses in Gaza to take flour and basic hygiene products, a U.N. agency said Sunday, in a mark of growing desperation and the breakdown of public order three weeks into the war between Israel and Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers.

Tanks and infantry pushed into Gaza over the weekend as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a “second stage” in the war, which was ignited by Hamas’ brutal Oct. 7 incursion into Israel. Israel also pounded the territory from air, land and sea.

Gaza’s Health Ministry said the death toll among Palestinians has passed 8,000 — mostly women and minors. It’s a toll without precedent in decades of Israeli-Palestinian violence, and it is expected to climb even more rapidly as Israel presses its ground offensive. Over 1,400 people have died on the Israeli side, mainly civilians killed during the initial Hamas onslaught.

Communications were restored to much of Gaza early Sunday after a bombardment described by Gaza residents as the most intense of the war knocked out most contact with the territory late Friday. The besieged enclave’s 2.3 million people were largely cut off from the world.

The Israeli military said Sunday it had struck over 450 militant targets over the past 24 hours, including Hamas command centers and anti-tank missile launching positions. It said more ground forces were sent into Gaza overnight, and officials circulated footage showing tanks and troops operating in open areas.

The warehouse break-ins were “a worrying sign that civil order is starting to break down after three weeks of war and a tight siege on Gaza,” said Thomas White, Gaza director for the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, known as UNRWA. “People are scared, frustrated and desperate.”

UNRWA provides basic services to hundreds of

Hundreds killed in Israeli airstrike on Gaza City hospital, Palestinian Health Ministry says

The latest:

  • Hundreds reported killed in airstrike on Gaza City hospital.
  • Top Israeli official says aid deal depends on guarantees that Hamas will not seize deliveries.
  • The number of people in Gaza killed has reached 3,000, Palestinian health ministry says. 

The Gaza Health Ministry said an Israeli airstrike Tuesday hit a Gaza City hospital packed with wounded and other Palestinians seeking shelter, killing hundreds. If confirmed, the attack would be by far the deadliest Israeli airstrike in five wars fought since 2008.

Photos from al-Ahli Hospital showed fire engulfing the hospital halls, shattered glass and body parts scattered across the area. The ministry said at least 500 people had been killed.

Several hospitals in Gaza City have become refuges for hundreds of people, hoping they would be spared bombardment after Israel ordered all residents of the city and surrounding areas to evacuate to the southern Gaza Strip.

Israeli military spokesperson Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari said there were still no details on the hospital deaths: We will get the details and update the public. I don’t know to say whether it was an Israeli airstrike.

The injured are crying.

Injured people from the attack on Ahli Arab hospital are taken to Al-Shifa hospital on October 17, 2023.

Photo: Associated Press / Abed Khaled

The news coming out of Gaza is horrific and absolutely unacceptable, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters Tuesday. International humanitarian and international law needs to be respected in this, and in all cases. There are rules around wars and it’s not acceptable to hit a hospital.

In the southern Gaza, continued strikes killed dozens of civilians and at least one senior Hamas figure on Tuesday in attacks Israel says are targeted at militants.

WATCH | People rush to help after an airstrike near Rafah in southern Gaza

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‘Fashion is inherently political’: the woman mixing Palestinian design with sustainable clothing | Fashion

Yasmeen Mjalli, the founder and creative director of Nöl Collective, has never met the women who weave the Majdalawi fabric she uses in her collections. It is a notable exception to the close, in-person relationships she has cultivated with her suppliers. Despite living in Ramallah, a city only about 50 miles from Gaza, communication with the women who live within this besieged coastal strip takes place solely over WhatsApp. Gaza is described by humanitarians as an “open-air prison” – Israeli laws mean Gazans are rarely allowed out of the city, and other Palestinians who live in the West Bank are even less likely to be allowed in.

Majdalawi fabric, which is woven using a single treadle loom [a foot-operated machine], originates from the Palestinian village of al-Majdal Asqalan. The village was occupied by Israeli forces in 1948, its inhabitants were made refugees, and the centuries-old practice would have died out if not for a cultural preservation project that set up a handful of studios in Gaza in the 90s. This artisan is one of the local women’s cooperatives that Nöl Collective works with to create sustainable, stylish clothes that blend traditional Palestinian designs with modern, fashionable cuts that wouldn’t look out of place in a Scandinavian storefront.

A striped suit look from Nöl Collective’s autumn/winter 2023 collection.
A striped suit look from Nöl Collective’s autumn/winter 2023 collection. Photograph: Greg C. Holland/PR IMAGE

Nol, which means “loom” in Arabic, was born out of the ashes of a previous project which was also founded out of a desire for community, following Mjalli’s experiences of sexual harassment. In 2017, she began hosting support workshops for women who had experienced abuse, as well as selling T-shirts with feminist slogans such as “not your habibti” – habibti means “my love” – through Instagram. After a couple of years, a thorny question arose: how

UNRWA Department of Health Annual Report 2022 – occupied Palestinian territory


UNRWA Health Programme Supports 2 million Palestine Refugees – Annual Health Report


Today, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) released its 2022 Annual Health Report. Main report findings include provision of 7.86 million health consultations to some 2 million Palestine Refugees across the Agency’s five fields of operation, namely Jordan, Lebanon, the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza, and Syria and a rise in the incidence of non-communicable diseases in 2022.

In 2022, the UNRWA health programme successfully combated a resurgence of cholera in the Palestine Refugee camps in Lebanon, brought about by the historic economic crisis there, in addition to the Omicron strain of COVID-19. Further, UNRWA health centres in Gaza and the occupied West Bank provided vital health care amid hostilities.

“We take great pride in announcing the release of the 2022 UNRWA Annual Health Report. The UNRWA Department of Health has made significant strides in revitalizing our services, drawing from the valuable lessons learned during the post-COVID era. Despite facing immense challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, cholera outbreak in Syria and Lebanon, regional turbulence and uncertainty, and the UNRWA financial crisis, we have remained unwavering in our commitment to support the health and well-being of Palestine Refugees,” said Dr. Akihiro Seita, UNRWA Director of Health.

The Agency’s focus on technology was evidenced by significant increased utilization rate for the Non-Communicable Diseases Mobile Application (e-NCD) and the Maternal and Child Health Mobile Application (e-MCH).

Another area of Agency priority is mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS). In 2022, screenings found that one out of five HC patients screened at UNRWA health centres required MHPSS follow up. Patients in Gaza had the highest detection rate at 26.4 per cent.

Recognizing the importance of strengthening primary prevention approach

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