In the wake of the devastating Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people in Gaza and the West Bank, the death toll has surged to at least 7,760, with over 21,400 others injured, the Ministry of Health said in an update this evening.
The Ministry said in a statement that the number of deaths in the Gaza Strip has reached 77,650, while the death toll in the West Bank also surged to 111. In addition, the ministry said, 19,450 Palestinians have been injured in Gaza, and 1,950 others in the West Bank.
According to the statement, a staggering 70% of the casualties in Gaza are children, women, and the elderly, highlighting the devastating impact of the ongoing Israeli genocidal aggression on the civilian population.
The Ministry also sounded the alarm regarding the critical fuel shortage, which has severely affected the delivery of humanitarian aid. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the largest provider of humanitarian assistance in Gaza, has nearly exhausted its fuel reserves and has been forced to significantly reduce its operations.
Only 84 trucks carrying water, food, and medical supplies have been able to enter through the Rafah crossing since the 21th of this month, said the Ministry. The World Health Organization is now working in coordination with the Palestinian Red Crescent Society to facilitate the delivery of these supplies to hospitals.
The healthcare facilities in Gaza are operating at more than 150% of their capacity, with patients being treated in hallways and on the floor due to the lack of proper space. For instance, Shifa Medical Complex is currently treating 5,000 patients daily, while its capacity is only 700 patients.
The situation is even more critical for cancer patients who depend on chemotherapy to stay alive. The Turkish Hospital, which relies on a single electric generator, is expected to shut down within 48-24 hours.
More than 1,000 kidney dialysis patients have also had their session duration reduced from 4 hours to 2.5 hours, and over 130 premature infants in incubators face the risk of death due to the scarcity of resources and the lack of electricity.