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After strikes at Gaza's largest hospital, director appeals for help 'before it's too late'

Officials in Gaza accuse Israel of a systematic plan to destroy the enclave's besieged health sector.
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GAZA CITY — Dozens of displaced children who were sheltering at Al-Shifa Hospital in the west of Gaza City were getting ready to light candles in the hospital’s courtyard Monday to mourn the lives of children lost in the ongoing Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip. But they were interrupted by an Israeli airstrike.

Mohammad Abu Salmiya, the director general of the hospital, told Al-Monitor that the Israeli warplanes struck the solar panels on the hospital’s roof. He accused Israel of deliberately cutting off all power sources at Al-Shifa Hospital, the largest in the Gaza Strip.

“Power has already been turned off in some of the hospital’s departments due to lack of fuel,” he said, urging other countries “to provide the hospital with fuel supplies before it is too late.”

At least 10,328 Palestinians, including 4,237 children, have been killed since Israel launched its offensive on the Gaza Strip in response to Hamas’ surprise attack on southern Israel Oct. 7, in which over 1,400 Israelis were killed and more than 200 kidnapped. More than 25,956 have been injured in Gaza, according to the Hamas-run Ministry of Health.

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