James Elder, the Director of UNICEF, stated that over 1,000 children in Gaza underwent amputations of one or both legs as a result of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip.
Relief workers from around the world, who visited the Gaza Strip, highlighted the profound human tragedy faced by over 2.3 million Palestinians who are struggling to fulfill fundamental requirements for survival.
Due to the Israeli airstrikes on #Gaza, thousands of Palestinian children have had to undergo amputation surgeries; hundreds were reported to have had these surgeries without anesthesia amid the brutal Israeli siege on the Strip.
Hospitals in Gaza are struggling to accommodate… pic.twitter.com/cFLWyZIMbJ
In light of the worsening health crisis attributed to the Israeli siege and the acute scarcity of medical resources, UNICEF clarified that medical professionals in Gaza find themselves compelled to conduct amputations. These procedures are not only carried out without anesthetics but also involve swift operations conducted outside formal health facilities, further exacerbated by the absence of palliative medications.
An official from UNICEF emphasized that, despite children recovering from amputations, they still face the constant threat of death due to Israeli bombings.
The crimes committed by the Israeli occupation in #Gaza persistently surface before the entire world, even during an ongoing truce.
The most recent atrocity involved shocking footage and images of decomposing infants’ bodies discovered in Al-Nasr Children’s Hospital in the… pic.twitter.com/1glC4wp5se
Conditions within hospitals ‘untenable’
Dr. Margaret Harris, the spokesperson for the organization, mentioned that employees of the World Health Organization in Gaza are unable to move between emergency departments in the hospitals of the Strip. This is due to the overcrowding of medical facilities with individuals who are wounded, ill, and displaced as a result of the ongoing aggression.
She characterized the conditions within hospitals as “untenable,” expressing disbelief that the world permits such ongoing suffering. She underscored that the sick and wounded are enduring intense pain and are in desperate need of food and water.
#Gaza is grappling with a health emergency exacerbated by cold weather, overcrowded shelters, scarce food, and contaminated water which has resulted in a surge of infectious diseases. The dire situation has overwhelmed hospitals, leaving the sick with limited treatment options.… pic.twitter.com/JY8O5Unwuo
On the 87th day of the war in Gaza, the occupation forces escalated their raids across various regions of the Gaza Strip. The intensity of the attacks was particularly pronounced in Khan Younis in the south and Jabalia al-Balad in the north.
Additionally, the neighborhoods of Gaza City, including al-Daraj, al-Tuffah, and Qizan Rashwan, as well as central areas like the Nuseirat camp and the vicinity of Abu Daoud Mosque, witnessed heightened military actions, leading to an increase in the number of casualties and fatalities.
The toll from the ongoing war surpassed 21,978 martyrs and 57,697 injuries, with the majority being children and women. Additionally, there are thousands of individuals unaccounted for, presumed trapped under the rubble—a toll that seems immeasurable.