Geneva, The Indonesia Post – Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for full access to distribute medical aid and fuel to Gaza as soon as possible.
“There are no words to describe our concern for patients who have just lost their only possibility of receiving life-saving cancer treatment or palliative care,” Tedros said via the X platform on Wednesday (1/11).
“I urge and I plead for full access to medical aid and fuel NOW! “The more we wait, the more we endanger these vulnerable lives,” said Tedros.
The Turkish-Palestinian Friendship Hospital, the only public hospital for cancer patients in the Gaza Strip, is unable to function due to Israeli attacks and fuel shortages, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Wednesday.
“As of today, the hospital can no longer be used due to fuel shortages and several attacks affecting the facility. “This is the only public hospital for cancer patients in the Gaza Strip, and now the lives of dozens of cancer patients at the hospital are at risk,” MSF said in X.
The medical non-profit organization said that Israel continues to prevent the entry of fuel into Gaza, which is vital for supplying electricity to hospitals and facilities that have come under attack during the latest conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas group.
The Israeli army has expanded air and ground attacks on the Gaza Strip, which has experienced non-stop airstrikes in response to the cross-border attack launched by Hamas on October 7, 2023.
More than 10,300 victims have died in the conflict, including 8,796 Palestinians and more than 1,538 Israelis.
Apart from causing casualties and triggering many refugees, the supply of basic commodities for Gaza’s 2.3 million residents is running low due to the Israeli blockade. (mhn/bbs)