In the face of relentless Israeli bombings, Nasser Medical Complex in Khan Younis has become a sanctuary of last resort for the beleaguered people of Gaza. The hospital, typically a care center for trauma and burn injuries, now faces an overwhelming influx of displaced patients. With the assistance of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders, or MSF), the facility is grappling with the evolving crisis, as makeshift shelters sprout in the hospital's parking lot while others are forced to sleep outside.
From Care Center to Crisis Hub
Chris Hook, MSF's medical coordinator, paints a dire picture of the situation. The hospital is receiving severely injured patients nearly every hour, and space has become a luxury it can no longer afford. Israel's military, in a prolonged and intensive campaign, has conducted extensive aerial attacks targeting various locations in Gaza. These include tunnel shafts, command centers, and weapons storage facilities, leading to a brief pause but no lasting cessation of violence.
An Appeal for Aid and Ceasefire
MSF has issued an urgent call for an immediate and lasting ceasefire. They insist on unrestricted aid supply to the entire Gaza Strip to alleviate the increasingly desperate humanitarian situation. MSF's plea highlights the catastrophic combination of escalating humanitarian and medical needs, ravaged infrastructure, and intentionally limited humanitarian access. The organization's open letter emphasizes the collapse of the healthcare system in Gaza and the urgent need for humanitarian aid to enter the area at scale.
As Israeli forces push into the southern part of the region, casualties and displacements have seen a significant rise. The United Nations relief agency underscores the acute situation in Gaza, with more than 15,000 Palestinians killed since the start of the conflict, including over 6,000 children and 4,000 women. The World Health Organization's executive board has been called for an emergency session to discuss the health crisis in Gaza and the West Bank.