Adhanom added that the organization managed to contact its medical teams at the hospital, stressing that the ongoing shootings had exacerbated the already critical conditions at the hospital.
The Director General of the World Health Organization declared, through his official account on the “X” platform: “3 days have passed without electricity and water, and with very weak internet services, which have seriously compromised our ability to provide assistance basic healthcare,” underlining that the hospital no longer carries out its function as a hospital. He stressed that the world cannot remain silent while hospitals are transformed into “theatres of death and destruction”, calling for an immediate ceasefire.
.@WHO she managed to get in touch with healthcare workers at Al-Shifa hospital in #GazaThe situation is terrible and dangerous. 3 days have passed without electricity, without water and with a terrible internet connection, which has seriously affected our ability to provide essential services…
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) November 12, 2023
The director of the Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza, Muhammad Abu Salmiya, told the agency that “there are hundreds of bodies in front of the emergency room, and we cannot bury them due to the Israeli siege of the hospital, like everything else moves around the hospital and the bombing continues up to this moment”.
Abu Salamiya added: “The situation in the hospital is indescribable. There is no electricity, no water, no operating rooms, no blood labs, no X-rays, and the nursery now barely helps premature babies.”