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Infant death toll rising at al-Shifa, says ministry

Palestinian officials said on Friday that 11,078 Gaza residents have been killed

None of the hospitals in the northern Gaza Strip are operational, the Hamas-run health ministry said on Monday, as intense fighting rages between Israeli troops and Hamas militants.

Youssef Abu Rish, deputy health minister in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, told AFP all hospitals in the north of the enclave were “out of service”.

Here are the latest updates

  • More than 11,100 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7, although the number has not been updated since contact was lost with key hospitals on Friday. In Israel, the death toll from Hamas’s attacks stands at more than 1,200
  • Six premature babies and nine patients have died since electrical shortages began affecting al-Shifa Hospital several days ago, Gaza’s health ministry says. -British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has fired Home Secretary Suella Braverman, who drew anger for accusing police of being too lenient with pro-Palestinian protesters. -The US is having “active consultations” with Israel’s military about its concerns around “firefights in hospitals”, White House NSA Jake Sullivan told CBS News’s Face the Nation programme on Sunday.
  • WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned of a “dire and perilous” situation in Gaza’s hospitals, saying that more patients, including, premature babies are “tragically” dying.
  • Gaza’s two largest hospitals, Al-Shifa and Al-Quds, have both closed. Israeli snipers continue to fire at anyone near Al-Shifa Hospital, trapping thousands inside.
  • The International Committee of the Red Cross has said the conditions under which civilians are evacuating in the Gaza Strip are “precarious and unsafe”.
  • European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has said “pauses” are needed to enable the evacuation of hospital patients who need urgent medical care.
  • Hospitals in the north of the Palestinian enclave, including the al-Shifa complex, are blockaded by Israeli forces and barely able to care for those inside, with three newborns dead at Shifa and more at risk from power outages amid intense fighting nearby, according to medical staff.
  • According to international humanitarian law, the wounded and the sick are defined as anyone, whether military or civilian, who needs medical attention and is not, or no longer, taking part in hostilities.
  • In the manual provided by the International Committee of the Red Cross, all wounded and sick – no matter what party they belong to – enjoy general rights to be:

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