In 124 days only: 27,708 killed, 67,147 injured in Gaza
The Israeli occupation has committed 16 massacres against entire Palestinians families.
The spokesperson for the Ministry of Health in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qudra, released the latest details regarding the casualties caused by the Israeli occupation's aggression on the Gaza Strip.
On the 124th day of the aggression on the Gaza Strip, the spokesperson said the Israeli occupation forces committed a total of 16 massacres, targeting entire families in the Gaza Strip, in which 123 people were killed and 169 others were injured, in 24 hours only.
This has raised the number of martyrs in the Gaza Strip to 27,708 and the number of wounded who sought treatment to 67,147 people.
A number of victims of Israeli strikes and shelling remain stuck under the rubble, while others remain stranded in the streets, as emergency services and civil defense do not have the necessary equipment to retrieve them or are being actively prevented from doing so by occupation forces.
Meanwhile, Al Mayadeen's correspondent in the Gaza Strip reported that Palestinian police chief Magdi Abdel-Al was killed in the bombing targeting a civilian car in Rafah, south of the Strip.
Israeli occupation continues to target Gaza's health sector
The mounting death toll comes as more health facilities in the Gaza Strip experience extreme deterioration, due to direct Israeli strikes and targeting.
The Israeli aggression on Gaza has affected 84% of health facilities in the besieged Gaza Strip, the UN Palestinian Refugee Agency (UNRWA) said on Tuesday.
''Due to continued bombardment and access restrictions, only 4 out of 22 UNRWA health facilities are still operational,'' the UN agency added in a statement on X.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Israeli occupation tightened its siege on the Nasser Medical Complex in the southern Gaza Strip and heavily targeted its vicinity, the spokesperson for the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qudra confirmed, highlighting the grave risk threatening thousands of people inside the health facility.
Al-Qudra stressed that the Israeli occupation is putting the lives of 300 medical personnel, 450 injured Palestinians, and 10,000 displaced people, who lack any source of nutrition, in immediate danger amid a severe shortage of anesthetic materials, intensive care, and surgical procedures.
Alarming spread of diseases
On its part, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) said in a post on X that there is an alarming spread of diseases in Gaza, due to the lack of sanitation and clean water.
The UN organization warned that only 4 of its health facilities, out of 22, are still operating in the Gaza Strip, due to the continued bombing of the Israeli occupation, indicating that 84% of health facilities were damaged by Israeli attacks.
Yesterday at our clinic in📍#Gaza, @UNRWA teams continued to vaccinate children against measles, mumps, rubella & others diseases 💉— UNRWA (@UNRWA) February 7, 2024
There is an alarming spread of disease due to lack of sanitation & clean water. This ongoing vaccination campaign is a lifeline for children. pic.twitter.com/sTMIUmp0pt
UNRWA further warned that if Palestinians do not die as a direct result of the Israeli aggression, they will die due to the lack of food and medicines, especially for chronic diseases such as diabetes, warning against the lack of health care and medical services at hospitals, especially those specializing in obstetrics.
“They will die of hunger, they will die because they don’t have insulin @UNRWA brings in, or they will die because a woman had a complicated childbirth & there was no @UNRWA midwife”@JulietteTouma @Independent lives at risk in📍#Gaza after funding pausedhttps://t.co/Y5bPXaKogh— UNRWA (@UNRWA) February 7, 2024
Cancer patients are deprived of treatment
Meanwhile, ActionAid International revealed yesterday that 10,000 cancer patients in the Gaza Strip have no access to medicines and treatment, in light of the continued bombing, the depletion of medical supplies, and the healthcare system being on the verge of collapse.
The organization indicated that the only hospital in Gaza specialized in treating cancer patients, the Turkish-Palestinian Friendship Hospital, has been out of service since last November, after it ran out of fuel due to the severe blockade and was damaged by Israeli bombing.
The organization stated that even before October 7, around 20,000 patients sought permission to leave Gaza each year because they required specialized healthcare which was unavailable within the territory.
3,000 housing units up in flames
On its part, the government media office in the Gaza Strip announced that Israeli occupation forces completely burned 3,000 housing units, causing losses that exceeded tens of millions of dollars during the genocidal war on the Gaza Strip, noting that most of these housing units were in the governorates of Gaza and the northern Strip.
The office added that the burning operations were carried out according to clear and direct instructions and orders from field commanders to the soldiers to set residential units and houses ablaze to make sure that they were completely uninhabitable so that their residents wouldn't be able to return.
The office indicated that many occupation soldiers posted videos and photographs on social media of themselves taking part in the unjustified burning of houses in the governorates of the Gaza Strip and depicting their joy in the burning operations.