On Sunday, a hospital in the Gaza Strip reported at least 70 deaths after an Israeli airstrike in the south of the region. Dozens of patients, many of them children and young people, were treated for severe burns at Nasser Hospital, according to Doctors Without Borders.
By midday on Sunday, statistics had already been posted in the clinic that 47 people had been killed. A photographer for the German press agency was on site at the time and reported that there were many body bags lined up in the clinic. The Israeli army did not initially release a statement on reports of attacks in the south of Gaza Strip.
Médecins Sans Frontières’ project manager in southern Gaza, Christophe Garnier, said: “The medical needs are enormous.” The group is ready to expand its operations but requires basic security guarantees and unrestricted access to medical and humanitarian supplies. He demanded that a ceasefire be put into place immediately 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.