The sole power generator at Al Amal Hospital in the Gaza Strip has stopped working, which put lives of 90 patients under threat, the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said on Tuesday.
“Today, the sole power generator at Al-Amal Hospital, affiliated with the PRCS in Khan Younis, stopped working. This threatens the lives of 90 patients receiving treatment, including 25 in the medical rehabilitation section who now face the risk of death at any moment. Additionally, around 9,000 displaced individuals have sought refuge in the PRCS premises and the hospital,” the society wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.
The hospital is currently using a small generator to supply power to the maternity ward and for emergency lighting, however, the remaining fuel is expected to run out within the next 24 hours, the PRCS said.
Both the PRCS headquarters and Al Amal Hospital were relying on the generator as an electricity supply source, and the failure is affecting all operations rooms located around the enclave due to the cessation of VHF communication services, the statement read.
On October 7, Palestinian group Hamas launched a surprise large-scale rocket attack against Israel from the Gaza Strip and breached the border, killing and abducting people in neighboring Israeli communities. Israel launched retaliatory strikes and ordered a complete blockade of the Gaza Strip, cutting off supplies of water, food, and fuel. On October 27, Israel launched a large-scale ground incursion inside the Gaza Strip with the declared goal of eliminating Hamas fighters and rescuing the hostages.
The escalation of the conflict has resulted in the deaths of around 1,400 people in Israel and over 11,000 in the Gaza Strip.