WHO official pleas for Gaza’s southern hospitals to be spared


Geneva (Reuters) – A World Health Organization official said on Tuesday that only 11, or less than a third, of Gaza’s hospitals remain partially functional and pleaded for them to remain intact.

“In just 66 days the health system has gone from 36 functional hospitals to 11 partially functional hospitals – one in the north and 10 in the south,” Richard Peeperkorn, WHO representative for the Occupied Palestinian Territory, told a U.N. press briefing by videolink from Gaza.

“We cannot afford to lose any health care facilities or hospitals,” he said. “We hope, we plea that this will not happen.”

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