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Healthcare workers refuse to leave north Gaza despite Israel´s threat

Ramallah, Oct 14 (Prensa Latina) Doctors and nurses at Al Awda hospital, located in the northern Gaza Strip, refused to comply with the evacuation and deportation order from Israel, which has been bombing the coastal territory for eight days.

The medical staff of the center, located in the city of Jabalia and made up of 35 health-care workers, is currently facing catastrophic conditions due to the rapid increase in the number of deaths and injuries, warned its Director Ahmed Muhanna.

Muhanna reiterated health-care workers´ determination to stay and provide patients with medical services.

The Israeli army on Friday threatened to bomb the hospital and gave a 24-hour deadline to evacuate it, the source said.

On Friday, Israel ordered the displacement of 1.1 million Palestinians from the north Gaza on the grounds of an imminent offensive.

The Palestinian government, NGOs and various UN agencies condemned the serious humanitarian situation in Gaza due to the attacks and the total blockade imposed by Israel, which prevents the entry of fuel, water, electricity, food and medicines.

Abdullah Al-Qishawi, head of the renal diseases department at Al-Shifa Hospital, warned a few hours ago that some 1,200 patients with renal deficiencies in the Gaza Strip are at risk of dying due to the lack of medicines and electricity.

Meanwhile, Palestinian Health Minister Mai Al-Kaila warned on Thursday of the imminent collapse of the sector in the Gaza Strip as a result of severe shortages of vital commodities.

Earlier, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warned that due to the lack of electricity, following the Israeli blockade, hospitals risk turning into morgues.


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