IDF set to open field hospital for wounded Gazans

Border facility will include emergency clinic, pediatrician and other services for Palestinians injured in clashes

The Israel-Gaza border in 2007 (Photo credit: Edi Israel/ Flash 90)
The Israel-Gaza border in 2007 (Photo credit: Edi Israel/ Flash 90)

As civilian casualties mount in the ongoing Gaza conflict, the IDF is set to open a field hospital on the border with the Strip on Sunday evening, with the intention of providing humanitarian services to Palestinians injured in the fighting taking place in the coastal enclave.

Gaza sources have said the number of wounded in the coastal enclave has exceeded 3,000, with many more injured Sunday morning in a large clash between IDF troops and Hamas gunmen in Gaza’s Shejaiya neighborhood. Israeli military officials said Sunday that they had told civilians to leave the Shejaiya area days ago, ahead of IDF military action in a neighborhood that is a Hamas stronghold.

The facility, which was approved by IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, will open its doors at 8 p.m. on Sunday, the army said in a statement.

“The hospital will include an emergency clinic, pediatrician and gynecology services, a delivery room and hospitalization when needed. The staff will include doctors, nurses, x-ray technicians and lab technicians,” the statement read.

“The hospital will treat sick and wounded Palestinians in coordination with the liaison department of the Erez crossing and will open its gates tonight,” the statement continued.

In Gaza City Sunday, the Shifa hospital was struggling to reach those in need of case, with many of the wounded walking for hours to receive treatment. Casualties were being brought in by the minute, some in ambulances, others in cars and trucks. Among them were children screaming in agony, many peppered with shrapnel wounds.

On Thursday, Gaza’s Wafa hospital, east of Shejaiya, was attacked in an Israeli airstrike after it was found that Hamas was launching rockets from the location, the army said. Its administration was given hours’ notice to leave.

AFP contributed to this report.

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