Crisis in Gaza: Five lives lost as oxygen supply cut off amidst Israeli-Hamas conflict

Crisis in Gaza: Five lives lost as oxygen supply cut off amidst Israeli-Hamas conflict | Credits: AFP News Agency
Crisis in Gaza: Five lives lost as oxygen supply cut off amidst Israeli-Hamas conflict | Credits: AFP News Agency

Along with a war against the Israeli administration, Gaza is also dealing with catastrophic situations, erupting with the passage of every single day. Recently, five people seeking treatments in intensive units lost their lives after their oxygen was cut off.

All five patients were admitted to the main hospital of the southern region of Gaza territory – which is now administrated by Israeli troops. Following these deaths, scenes of panic can be seen inside the hospital premises, as per the health officials, according to reports by the Associated Press.  

Accordingly, Israeli troops are present in the hospital to search for the Gazan hostages, which were seized by Hamas, a militant group. The military, on Friday, announced that dozens have been detained from the facility, who were possibly involved in the surprising attack by Hamas on Israel on October 7, 2023.

Conversations for a truce in Gaza seem stuck, and on Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strongly opposed the US plans for the post-war period, especially the proposal for establishing a Palestinian state. The reports by the Associated Press mentioned that the Israeli Prime Minister, after having a conversation with US President Joe Biden, through X, stated that “Israel will not accept international dictates regarding a permanent settlement with the Palestinians.”

Panic scenes in the main hospital

Israeli forces have recently besieged and entered Nasser Hospital in Gaza, part of a series of hospital attacks during the ongoing conflict. Israel claims that Hamas is using these facilities for military purposes, but this assertion has not been independently verified.

The military alleges that they had “credible intelligence” of hostages held in the hospital, but no bodies have been found as of now, according to the reports by the Associated Press.

The situation has severely impacted Gaza’s health sector, with ongoing searches, arrests, and accusations against the hospital staff. The Gaza Health Ministry reports deaths among patients due to electricity cuts, holding Israel responsible. The reports by AP suggested that international law prohibits targeting medical facilities, emphasizing the duty of the occupying power, in this case, Israel, to maintain medical facilities.