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Gaza: Just one working hospital remains in Rafah, as healthcare worker death toll reaches 500

BMJ 2024; 385 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.q1204 (Published 31 May 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;385:q1204
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Civilians in Rafah, in southern Gaza, are “once again in search of safety that doesn’t exist,” as Israeli airstrikes destroy camps sheltering displaced people and humanitarian facilities are “forced to close one after another,” the United Nations and World Health Organization have said.12

Just one hospital, Emirati Maternity Hospital in Tal al-Sultan, remains functioning, albeit partly, in the area. Both Najjar Hospital and al-Kuwaiti Hospital were forced to close earlier this month, the second after two medical staff were killed in an attack.

The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) has also been forced to evacuate its field hospital in Rafah, “due to growing insecurity, including artillery and air bombardments, and evacuation of residents,” the UN said in its latest update (29 May).

Médecins Sans Frontières estimated that at least 493 healthcare workers have been killed in Gaza during months of “relentless attacks on healthcare.”3

PRCS has reported that two …

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