On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported the delivery of fuel to two hospitals in the northern Gaza Strip, responding to the fuel entry restrictions imposed by Israel since the onset of its offensive on October 7.
Local Gaza authorities on Monday said the death toll of Palestinians from deadly Israeli attacks on the enclave now exceeds 15,000, in addition to thousands of others still missing under the rubble.
In a statement, the Gaza-based Government Media Office said the death toll includes 6,150 children and 4,000 women in addition to untold numbers of corpses scattered in the streets.
WHO added that there are also some 7,000 missing people under the rubble, including 4,700 children and women.
Despite limited fuel access under UN supervision, the WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, stated that 7,000 liters of fuel reached Al-Ahli Arab Hospital and 3,500 liters went to Al Sahaba Hospital in northern Gaza.
The convoy not only provided fuel but also included health supplies such as medication and surgical kits. These efforts, part of ongoing WHO initiatives, aim to offer life-saving assistance to hospitals, health workers, and patients in the region.
Many hospitals in Gaza City and northern areas ceased operations due to Israeli attacks and fuel shortages, with only a few, including Al-Ahli Arab Hospital, Al-Awda Hospital, and Kamal Adwan Hospital, still partially operational, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. Qatar’s announcement on Monday extended a humanitarian pause in Gaza for an additional two days, focusing on further prisoner exchanges.