Just 8 functional field hospitals remain in Rafah to address overwhelming scale of needs: UN

The UN announced that eight field hospitals are operational in Rafah, Gaza, despite the Indonesian hospital closing. The killing of a UN staff member in Rafah is under investigation. Additionally, a controversial video shared by Israel showing armed individuals near a UN facility remains unverified. The situation remains critical with extensive healthcare needs.

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The UN announced that eight field hospitals are operational in Rafah, Gaza, despite the Indonesian hospital closing.

The UN reported on Wednesday that there are now eight operational field hospitals in Rafah, located in the southern Gaza Strip. UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq announced at a press conference that the Indonesian field hospital in Rafah is no longer functional. He emphasized that the remaining hospitals aim to address the extensive healthcare needs in Rafah.

Why This Matters: Haq also addressed the killing of a UN staff member from the Department of Safety and Security (DSS), whose vehicle came under fire in Rafah while en route to the European Hospital in southern Gaza. The UN is receiving cooperation from Israeli authorities, and UN security experts are investigating the incident. The Israeli army stated that they were unaware of the UN vehicle’s movement and could not confirm whether their forces fired on it, noting that the investigation is ongoing. Photos and videos show the vehicle clearly marked as a UN car with multiple bullet holes in its windows, resulting in the death of an international UN staff member and the injury of another.

Regarding a video shared by the Israeli army showing armed individuals around a UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) facility and vehicles in Rafah, Haq stated that UNRWA cannot verify the video’s authenticity or content. The deputy spokesperson noted that the video appears to be a montage of different clips and urged all parties to respect UN facilities. He explained that UNRWA personnel had evacuated the building following an Israeli order, leaving vehicles behind.

The situation in Rafah remains critical as field hospitals strive to meet the overwhelming medical needs amid ongoing conflict and investigations into security incidents.

Key Takeaways:

  • Eight field hospitals are currently operational in Rafah, Gaza.
  • The Indonesian field hospital in Rafah has ceased operations.
  • A UN staff member was killed, and another injured, under unclear circumstances.
  • A controversial video showing armed individuals near a UN facility remains unverified.
  • The UN urges all parties to respect its facilities amid the ongoing conflict.

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