Gaza City – Medical staff are overwhelmed by the number of injured at Gaza’s largest hospital after dozens of Palestinians were injured and wounded in a night of barbaric airstrikes.
On Sunday, Shaima Ahmed Qawaidar, a nurse at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, described the horrific scene of the arrival of seriously injured people on Sunday, some of whom had bombed missing limbs.
“I’ve never seen it before in my life,” he told Al Jazeera. “Body parts were collected in hospital beds and unbearable scenes.”
Many of the survivors were unable to reach the hospital as rescuers struggled to pull victims from the rubble of the collapsed building, as the main road to the largest medical center in the Gaza Strip – al-Shifar – was also damaged.
Gaza’s health minister, Dr Midhat Abbas, said 1,200 Palestinians had been injured in the seven-day offensive, including about 50 women and children.
He accused the Israeli military of deliberately targeting health facilities with airstrikes and bombing roads in the vicinity of al-Shifa.
“They are mainly targeting civilians, they are the victims of this aggression,” Dr. Abbas said. “[Israeli Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu Wants to save himself From prison and so he decided to kill Palestinian children. ”
Gaza health officials say 33 Palestinians, including 13 children, have been killed in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza on Sunday. The attacks killed 161 people, including 52 children, in Gaza. Ten people, including two children, have been reported killed in Israel.
The Israeli military did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
‘Power too limited’
Dr Abbas said staff were making beds at the reception as soon as the hospital was filled, adding that there was a shortage of medicines and equipment as a result of the blockade by Gaza and the 15-year-old Coronavirus epidemic in Israel.
“We hope the patients will go to Egypt [for medical care] Because our power is very limited, “Dr. Abbas told Al Jazeera.
Nurse Amal Badoa described the overflowing crowd as more people were injured.
“The hospital is full of people and relatives. In light of this overcrowding it was difficult to get the necessary treatment and management. The number of injured or killed is huge and they just keep coming, “Badawi told Al Jazeera.
Al-Shifa’s doctor, Dr. Ayman Abu Aouf, was among those killed in Sunday’s airstrikes, the health ministry said.
Fahad al-Hadad, an emergency medical specialist at al-Shifar, said most of the dead brought to the hospital showed no visible signs of injury, but died in the rubble while alive.
Two border sources told Reuters on Sunday that Rafah had opened the border a day earlier than planned to allow students to pass the way students need medical treatment and other humanitarian cases.
The border was closed for the Dul Fitr holiday and was scheduled to reopen on Monday.
According to a medical source, Egypt has so far sent 1 ambulance to Gaza to treat the victims of the Israeli bombing at an Egyptian hospital.
The source said a bus carrying 95 passengers arrived from Gaza on Sunday morning.