Israeli forces have placed hospitals in Khan Younis under siege, threatening the lives of thousands of people. Ashraf al-Qudra, spokesperson for the Health Ministry in Gaza, said on Feb. 8 that Israel’s complete siege of Nasser Hospital and targeted attacks in its vicinity had left thousands inside the complex at imminent risk of death, reported Middle East Eye. “[There are] 300 medical staff, 450 wounded, and 10,000 displaced people in the Nasser Medical Complex being killed and starved,” he said. The besieged hospital is suffering from an acute shortage of anesthesia and intensive care medication, as well as surgical supplies, added Qudra.
Staff and patients are also in danger at Al-Amal Hospital in Khan Younis, according to the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS), which runs the facility. “Very close artillery shelling to PRCS Al-Amal Hospital, with shrapnel hitting the hospital building amidst continued heavy gunfire, posing a danger to the safety of staff and patients,” the organization wrote on X on Feb. 8. The PRCS also said its staff were deliberately targeted by Israeli forces on Feb. 7 as they carried out a mission to evacuate a number of wounded people in the besieged enclave.