Two more major hospitals in Gaza closed to new patients on Sunday, with staff saying that Israeli bombardment plus lack of fuel and medicine meant more babies and others could die. Hospitals in the north of the Palestinian enclave are blockaded by Israeli forces and barely able to care for those inside, medical staff said. Israel says it is homing in on Hamas militants in the area and the hospitals should be evacuated. Follow our live blog for all the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+1).
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- The World Health Organization said Sunday that Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City “is not functioning as a hospital anymore”. The hospital’s last generator ran out of fuel Saturday, leading to the deaths of three premature babies and four other patients, according to the Health Ministry. It said another 36 babies are at risk of dying.
Three UN agencies expressed horror at the situation in the hospitals, saying they had in 36 days registered at least 137 attacks on healthcare facilities, resulting in 521 deaths and 686 injuries – including 16 dead and 38 wounded medics.
Key developments from Sunday, November 12:
WHO restored communication with Al-Shifa hospital: After losing communication with its contacts in Gaza City’s largest hospital on Saturday, the WHO on Sunday night said it restored communication. “Regrettably, the hospital is not functioning as a hospital anymore,” said the head of WHO.
More than 100,000 people marched against anti-Semitism in Paris: French Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne, the heads of France’s upper and lower houses of parliament and several leading politicians joined demonstrators at a march against anti-Semitism in Paris Sunday.