WHO ‘terribly worried’ as battle rages at Gaza’s Shifa hospital

File: Israeli soldiers stand outside Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, November 22, 2023. (Victor R. Caivano/AP)
File: Israeli soldiers stand outside Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, November 22, 2023. (Victor R. Caivano/AP)

The World Health Organization chief voices alarm after Israeli forces launched an operation at Gaza’s largest hospital, Shifa, warning the fighting was “endangering health workers, patients and civilians.”

“We are terribly worried about the situation at Al-Shifa Hospital in northern Gaza,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus writes on X, formerly Twitter.

“Hospitals should never be battlegrounds.”

The IDF launches the raid, saying a senior Hamas terrorist had reestablished a command center in Shifa.

Tedros pointed out Monday that Al-Shifa had “only recently restored minimal health services.”

“Any hostilities or militarisation of the facility jeopardize health services, access for ambulances, and delivery of life-saving supplies,” he warns.

“Hospitals must be protected. Ceasefire!”

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