WHO: Nasser hospital completely out of business

WHO Nasser hospital completely out of business



full screen Medics inspect damage at Nasser Hospital after an Israeli attack in December. Archive image. Photo: Mohammed Dahman/AP/TT

The Nasser Hospital in southern Gaza – which was stormed by the Israeli military this week, is no longer in operation – WHO Director Tedros Ghebreyesus confirms X.

Tedros writes that the World Health Organization’s staff were not allowed to enter the hospital to visit the patients who are still there. According to Tedros, around 200 patients remain in the hospital and about 20 of them need to be moved to other healthcare facilities.

According to AP, Israel states that it has arrested around 70 suspects, including around 20 who are said to have participated in the terror-labeled Hamas attack on October 7 – but without presenting any evidence. The military says it is looking for traces of the hostages in the hospital and is not targeting doctors or patients.

At least 18 people have been killed during the night and Sunday in Israeli attacks in Gaza, according to spring personnel and witnesses, AP writes. The Israeli military says it has killed “dozens” of Palestinian militants and seized large quantities of weapons, Al Jazeera reports.

The US, Qatar and Egypt have been trying for weeks to negotiate a ceasefire and the release of the hostages, but there is a great distance between Israel and Hamas’ demands. On Saturday, Qatar said the talks “have not progressed as expected”.