In the epicentre of the ongoing conflict between Israel-Hamas, Al Shifa which is known to be as Gaza’s largest healthcare facility has become a symbol of distress. The assault on Friday not only claimed a lot of lives but has also disrupted and damaged the foundation of medical service of the state considering the situation Gaza was already in, the loss of medical services would be more critical to its survival in this war.
The Israeli airstrikes have not only targeted Al Shifa but have also targeted some other medical facilities which are the Indonesian hospital and Rantissi paediatric facility. Since both vital components of the region’s healthcare system have become completely malfunctioned it leaves Gaza with 20 out of 36 Hospitals which depletes its power to even provide essential medical aid to its citizens.
Antony Blinken the US Secretary of State has pleaded to Israel to minimise the harm to civilians because of the high toll of death counts and to maximise humanitarian aid. Blinken said while there have been some positive steps, but only consistent and continuous efforts are necessary to help the civilian population in their challenging circumstances. Despite the challenges the medical professionals that are still trying their best to provide essential medical aid to their patients in this dire situation.
WRITTEN BY – LAKSHIT VYAS, COLLEGE – BM LAW COLLEGE, A FIFTH SEMESTER STUDENT and a LEGAL JOURNALISM INTERN AT LEGAL VIDHIYA
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