Israel-Hamas war latest: Six premature babies dead after ‘collapse’ of Gaza’s largest hospital

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Israel-Hamas war latest: Six premature babies dead after ‘collapse’ of Gaza’s largest hospital
EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / A Relative mourns loved ones killed during overnight strikes on Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, at Al-Najjar hospital on November 12, 2023, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. More than 10,000 people have been killed in relentless Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip, according to the Hamas-run health ministry, since the war erupted last month after Palestnian militants raided southern Israel on October 7 killing at least 1200 people. (Photo by SAID KHATIB / AFP) (Photo by SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images)
A relative mourns loved ones killed during overnight strikes on Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip (Picture: AFP)

Gaza’s largest hospital has ceased to function as Israeli forces and Palestinian militants continue fighting outside its gates.

Six premature babies have died at Al-Shifa Hospital, where the fuel for generators ran out, after their incubators were turned off, the health ministry announced this morning.

Hospitals in the north of the Palestinian enclave, including Al-Shifa, are blockaded by the Israeli military and medical staff are barely able to care for those inside.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) managed to speak to health workers there, who described a ‘dire and perilous’ situation with constant gunfire and bombing exacerbating the already critical situation.

Mohammed Zaqout, the director of hospitals in Gaza, said there are 650 patients and critically wounded people in Al-Shifa being treated there.

He also estimated that around 2,500 displaced Palestinians are sheltering inside the hospital buildings.

On Saturday, the Health Ministry estimated that some 3,000 medics and patients, as well as 15,000 to 20,000 displaced people, had taken refuge there.

But Israel says the hospital is the prime example of Hamas’ alleged use of human shields, claiming – without evidence – that the militants have a command center and other military infrastructure in and beneath the medical compound.