- Hospitals face acute shortage of medical supplies.
- A second convoy of 17 aid trucks enters Gaza from Egypt.
- People all over the world took to the streets in support of the Palestinians.
Doctors in the Gaza Strip have warned of “catastrophic consequences” if power supplies are disrupted as hospitals will likely run out of fuel within the next 48 hours amid continued bombardment of the besieged area by Israeli forces.
Any infant dependent on a ventilator will not survive, leaving doctors helpless to save them. Dr. Fuad al-Bulbul, head of the neonatal intensive care unit at al-Shifa hospital, spoke about the dire situation in a video released by the Gaza Health Ministry.
“Most of [the] children are dependent[ing] Will die on a ventilator because we can only save one [or] Two children but, we cannot save all the children,” he said.
He expressed concern over the low fuel supply that is needed to keep hospital generators running and power on.
The United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) also warned that its fuel reserves would run out within three days, jeopardizing humanitarian efforts in Gaza.
This situation highlights the urgent need for a solution to the ongoing crisis in Gaza.
Al-Shifa Hospital’s nursery, which has 45 incubators, primarily cares for premature babies born as a result of high-risk pregnancies, Al-Bulbul said.
“Unfortunately, at this time we have no medical supplies – essential medicines that are lifesaving for a baby in the first two hours of life,” he said.
The doctor reported that there was a severe shortage of essential medicines, including surfactant and caffeine citrate, due to the unit being overwhelmed by the caseload, most of the infants being seriously ill, and the medical team being exhausted by working 18 days at a time.
Israeli attacks on Gaza continue
Scores of Palestinians were killed in central Gaza on Sunday and another convoy of 17 aid trucks arrived as Gaza faces “catastrophic” shortages after Israel stepped up attacks on the war-torn enclave.
Given the uncontrolled violence, Iran said the region could spiral “out of control.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a stern warning to Lebanon’s Hezbollah, saying involvement would be “the mistake of its life.”
Washington warned any actor trying to provoke conflict that it would not hesitate to take action in the event of any “escalation”.
According to Israeli officials, Hamas fighters in Gaza crossed the border into Israel on October 7, killing at least 1,400 people, mostly civilians.
They also captured more than 200 hostages in the worst attack in Israel’s history.
Meanwhile, Israel has launched a sustained bombing campaign that has so far killed more than 4,600 Palestinians, mainly civilians, and more than 1,000 children, according to Gaza’s health ministry.
The central city of Deir al-Balah was particularly badly hit overnight Saturday to Sunday, officials said.
The ministry said at least 80 people were killed in the overnight raid on central Gaza, which also destroyed more than 30 homes.
In the hospital morgue, the bodies of several children lay on the blood-soaked floor, where distraught families wept as they identified the victims. AFP informed of.
Among them was a man holding his dead child in his arms and a young boy who had pulled a blanket over his younger sister’s body.
“My cousin was sleeping in his house with his daughter in his arms. He was a man with no record, he had nothing to do with the resistance,” said Wael Wafi, holding his cousin’s body. Looking at him, his arms were still wrapped around all three of his limbs. -year-old daughter Misk.
Also on Sunday, the United Nations Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) said in a statement on Twitter that 29 of its staff had been killed since the beginning of the war, half of them teachers. It had given a toll of 17 on Saturday.
The scale of the bombing has left basic systems unable to function. The United Nations said dozens of unidentified bodies were buried in a mass grave in Gaza City because cold storage ran out.
Meanwhile, the army said an Israeli soldier was killed by an anti-tank missile fired by Hamas fighters near the Gaza border.
Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant warned that a war with Hamas could take several months.
“It will take a month, two months, three months and in the end, there will be no more Hamas,” Gallant said.
More help starts arriving; Israel ‘accidentally’ collides with Egypt’s border
A second convoy of 17 trucks of aid entered Gaza from Egypt on Sunday, following an initial delivery of 20 trucks on Saturday following intense negotiations and US pressure.
Separately, another six trucks were seen leaving Rafah after filling up from dwindling reserves of fuel held at the crossing, as the enclave faces catastrophic shortages after Israel cut off supplies of food, water, fuel and electricity . AFP,
It later resumed water supply to the south on 15 October.
Although Egyptian media said another 40 trucks would enter Gaza on Monday, the United Nations says the enclave needs 100 trucks per day to meet the needs of Gaza’s 2.4 million residents.
And so far, there have been no deliveries of fuel, with UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini warning on Sunday that supplies would run out “in three days.”
“Without fuel, there will be no water, hospitals will not function and … aid will not be able to reach many citizens in need,” he said.
The Gaza government said that 165,000 residential units – half of the entire Gaza Strip – were destroyed in the raid.
As fears of an outbreak of conflict grow, Israel acknowledged on Sunday that it mistakenly attacked an Egyptian border post, and apologized for the incident, which Cairo said left an unspecified number of border guards with “minor injuries.” “Come.
Fear of increasing regional tension has increased
The fresh firing on Israel’s northern border with Lebanon came as fears grew that Hezbollah, a close ally of Hamas and Iran, could enter the conflict, prompting Israel’s Netanyahu to warn it would be “the mistake of his life.”
He said, “We will attack him with a force that he cannot even imagine, and the significance of which will be devastating for the state of Lebanon.”
Iran also warned on Sunday about the conflict spreading, with top diplomat Hossein Amir-Abdollahian warning that if Washington and Israel do not “immediately stop crimes against humanity and genocide in Gaza … the territory could spiral out of control.” Will go”.
But just hours after the Pentagon increased military preparedness in the region, Washington said it would not hesitate to take action in the event of any “escalation.”
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said, “If any group or any country wants to escalate this conflict and take advantage of this unfortunate situation, our advice is: don’t do it.” ABC News,
On Sunday, Pope Francis used his weekly Angelus prayer in Rome to call for an end to the bloodshed.
“War is always defeat, it is the destruction of human brotherhood. Brothers, stop!” He said.
He later spoke for 20 minutes with US President Joe Biden about “conflict situations in the world and the need to identify paths to peace”, the Vatican said.
The White House said Biden later discussed the war with the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany and Italy.
The US president also spoke with Netanyahu, the White House said, “as the leaders confirmed that this critical assistance will now continue to flow into Gaza.”
In Paris, the office of French President Emmanuel Macron announced he would travel to Israel on Tuesday for talks with Netanyahu.
Protesters marched in several European capitals on Sunday.
Thousands gathered in Paris to demand an end to Israel’s operations in Gaza, the first pro-Palestinian rally in the French capital that was not banned for security reasons.