FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 11, 2023
Cassandra West, (202) 374-5393
Gaza Physicians Face Danger and Impossible Evacuation Conditions
MedGlobal renews urgent calls for permanent ceasefire, humanitarian aid, and the safe evacuation of their staff and all medical workers
GAZA CITY – MedGlobal’s team of physicians and medical personnel remain on the ground providing emergency medical aid and supplies for the people of Gaza, and face imminent danger alongside their patients.
Staff at the Al Shifa hospital are unable to evacuate to safety due to the intense sniper attacks, targeting anyone who tries to flee from the building’s doors to South Gaza – even during the four-hour ceasefire window. As heavy bombing continues to threaten hospitals, communications from staff at the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahia have been cut off.
16 out of Gaza’s 35 hospitals have been forced to close or are nonfunctional as of November 3, 2023. Dozens of medical workers have died and thousands of patients remain unable to evacuate due to their reliance on ventilators, incubators, and other intensive care services.
MedGlobal’s president, Dr. Zaher Sahloul, said: “Civilians and healthcare workers must be protected under international humanitarian law. Our staff are risking their lives to protect their patients, continuing to serve despite the grief of losing their own families and communities. The least the world can do is ensure their safe evacuation.”
MedGlobal is a humanitarian nonprofit organization that provides emergency response and health programs to build resilience among vulnerable communities around the world.