On Sunday, at least 70 deaths were reported in a hospital in the city after an Israeli airstrike in the south of Gaza Strip. Dozens of patients, many of them children and young people, had to be treated for severe burns at Nasser Hospital.
According to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the medical needs are enormous in the region. The group is ready to expand its operations but requires basic security guarantees and unrestricted access to medical and humanitarian supplies. MSF’s project manager in southern Gaza, Christophe Garnier, stated that “A ceasefire is a must, now more than ever, to stop the ongoing bloodshed.”
Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant announced on Saturday that the attacks in the Gaza Strip would continue and soon be expanded to the south. The military has been calling on northern residents for more than a month to flee to a southern zone west of Khan Yunis on the Mediterranean. Most recently, residents of Khan Younis were also asked to flee for the first time.
The Israeli army did not initially release a statement on reports of attacks in the south of Gaza Strip. A photographer for the German press agency reported at midday on Sunday that there were many body bags lined up in the clinic at Nasser Hospital.