“We are currently unable to contact any of our staff inside Al-Shifa, and we are extremely concerned about the safety of patients and the medical staff. Patients are still in the hospital, some in critical condition and unable to move, there are caretakers still inside the facility," the organization said.
On October 7, Palestinian militant group Hamas launched a surprise rocket attack against Israel. In its retaliatory strikes, Israel caused casualties among Gaza Strip citizens.
Médecins Sans Frontières organization (also known as 'The Doctors Without Borders' in English), has been unable to contact their staff at Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza that was heavily attacked by the IDF.
Al-Shifa hospital is the main operational health facility in Gaza city providing emergency and surgical care, with hundreds of patients and civilians inside.
"We urgently reiterate our calls to stop the attacks against hospitals and for the protection of medical facilities, medical staff and patients,” the organization added.
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Speech by Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah on the occasion of “Martyr’s Day” in memory of the fallen members of the organization:
The (Israeli) aggression taking place in Gaza is a dangerous, large-scale and exceptional event, and these crimes are the cruel revenge of Israel;
The Palestinian resistance heroically resists the occupation, which with its crimes wants to force people to surrender, to forget about their land, prisoners, holy places and Palestine;
The enemy is openly attacking hospitals in the Gaza Strip in front of the whole world, his cruelty is not decreasing, but rather only increasing every day;
The crimes of occupation over the past decades and even the July aggression (2006) did not force the Lebanese to give up resistance;
“It is the Israelis who should despair that they will not be able to achieve their goals, not our peoples, who have proven that their choice is the choice of victory, liberation and dignity”;
Hezbollah Strikes Israeli Troops Amassed Near Lebanese Border
Lebanese armed group Hezbollah said it struck Israeli troops amassed near the northern Israeli border with Lebanon.
"Islamic resistance fighters struck groups of occupation forces," Hezbollah said in a statement.
This comes hours after the Israel Defense Forces said its fighter jets hit a number of "terror infrastructure sites" belonging to Hezbollah in Lebanon, in parallel to artillery strikes.
Draft Final Statement of Riyadh Summit Demands Halt of Arms Exports to Israel: Reports
A draft final statement of the joint Islamic-Arab summit in Riyadh demands that all countries stop arms supplies to Israel, Egyptian broadcaster Al Qahera News reported on Saturday, citing sources.
"A draft final statement of the Islamic-Arab summit demands that all countries stop exports of weapons and munitions to the occupying authorities [Israel]," sources told the broadcaster.
Latest statements by Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi:
The United States sends large shipments of weapons to Israel every day.
The worst role in the war with Gaza is the role of America.
The United States invalidates all international organizations.
We demand a complete lifting of the blockade on the Gaza Strip and the opening of the Rafah checkpoint without restrictions or obstacles.
We must urgently demand the Zionist regime to leave the Gaza Strip.
All countries, including Islamic ones, must ensure the security of Palestinians in the occupied territories.
A sustainable solution is to create a Palestinian state from the sea to the river.
Qatari Emir Calls for UN Probe Into Attacks on Gaza Hospitals
Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani called on the United Nations on Saturday to send a team to the Gaza Strip to investigate recent attacks on hospitals.
"We call on the UN to send an international team to investigate Israeli bombardments of hospitals in the Gaza Strip," the emir said at a Joint Arab Islamic Extraordinary Summit in Riyadh.
The Qatari emir said the international norms were being compromised by attacks on medical facilities and refugee camps in the Palestinian territories.
The World Health Organization said on Friday it had verified over 250 attacks on health care facilities in Gaza since October 7. The UN health agency said five attacks on five hospitals had been documented in one day and four hospitals were put out of action in the past two days alone.
Iranian President Calls on Muslim Countries to Arm Palestinians
Key points from the King of Jordan’s speech at the Riyadh summit
Israel preventing water and food from reaching the people of Gaza is a war crime
"We cannot remain silent about the catastrophic, life-suffocating conditions in which the Gaza Strip finds itself"
The two-state solution is the only way to end the suffering of the Palestinian people and resolve the decades-long crisis
The world will pay the price for failing to resolve the Palestinian question
Key points from Saudi crown prince's statements at Arab League Summit:
Saudi crown prince called for the release of hostages held in the Gaza Strip
Guaranteeing Palestinians the right to an independent state is the only way to stop the conflict in the Middle East
Saudi Arabia is consulting with international partners to stop the fighting in the Gaza Strip
Saudi crown prince accused the UNSC of failing to influence Israel to stop the fighting
Saudi Arabia rejects attempts to forcibly displace Gaza Strip residents
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the summit in Riyadh called on the US to end the "Israeli occupation" of Palestinian territories:
The US is responsible for the lack of a political solution to the Middle East conflict
The occupation authorities and those who support them are responsible for killing every child and woman in this unjust war
The occupation forces have launched an unprecedented war of extermination against Palestinian people and have crossed all red lines
The occupying forces have killed and injured more than 40,000 people in the Gaza Strip, most of them children and women
Palestine will not accept military and security solutions if they have all failed
Palestine is ready to hold general presidential and parliamentary elections in all Palestinian territories, including Jerusalem
This is a historic moment and everyone must take responsibility for peace
Palestine categorically rejects any attempt to displace our people from the Gaza Strip or the West Bank
Palestine calls on the UN Security Council to approve the full membership of the State of Palestine
Palestine demands that the refugee problem be resolved with international guarantees and a timetable for implementation
Saudi crown prince at summit in Riyadh urges immediate ceasefire in Gaza, humanitarian aid access
Israel carrying out series of strikes near Indonesian hospital in Gaza Strip: Palestine Interior Ministry
Israel Defense Forces Says Took Control of Hamas’ 11 Military Posts in Gaza Strip
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on Saturday that it had taken control of 11 military posts of the Palestinian movement Hamas since the beginning of the ground operation in the Gaza Strip.
"Since the beginning of the ground operation, the IDF has taken control of 11 military posts belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization," the IDF said on Telegram.
IDF ground troops are continuing to operate in the Gaza Strip, directing aircraft and artillery to eliminate targets, it added.
Latest updates on the Palestine-Israel conflict:
One child is killed every 10 minutes in Gaza, WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told UN Security Council
IDF seizes control over 11 Hamas footholds since the start of ground op
Gaza Strip’s healthcare system reaches ‘point of no return,’ Red Cross said
Arab League, OIC to hold emergency summits in Saudi Arabia to discuss Gaza crisis
Leaked cables warn of growing anti-American rage in Arab world amid Us' Israeli support
'Doctors without borders' unable to contact staff in Al-Shifa hospital
Russia shocked by Israeli strikes on civilians, calls attacks violations of law, Envoy to UN said
Israel, Hamas Discuss Release of 100 or More Hostages: Reports
Israel and the Palestinian movement Hamas are negotiating two proposals concerning the release of hostages from the Gaza Strip, including possible release of 100 or more civilians, The New York Times reported, citing officials.
One of the proposals involves Hamas releasing ten to 20 civilians - Israeli women and children, as well as foreigners - in exchange for a pause in the fighting, which could later lead to a release of about 100 civilians, the newspaper reported on Friday.
Qatar is mediating the talks, and officials from the United States are also involved, the report read.
Gaza Strip’s Healthcare System Reaches ‘Point of No Return’: ICRC
The healthcare system of the Gaza Strip has reached a point of no return with the lives of thousands of people being at risk amid the escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said, adding that medical facilities should be protected.
"Overstretched, running on thin supplies and increasingly unsafe, the healthcare system in Gaza has reached a point of no return risking the lives of thousands of wounded, sick and displaced people," the ICRC said in a statement, released on Friday.
The organization called to protect medical facilities, patients and healthcare workers in the Palestinian exclave, adding that hospitals are protected under international humanitarian law.