Transferring Dr. Muhammad Abu Salamiya, Director Al-Shifa Medical ComplexA picture of the difficult conditions experienced by more than 7,000 people, including the wounded, the sick, the displaced, and the medical staff in the hospital, 48 hours after it was occupied by Israeli soldiers and completely isolated from the world due to a power and Internet outage.
Abu Salmiya said, in a phone call with Al Jazeera, that everyone in the hospital is besieged and exposed to slow death, noting that among them there are 750 wounded, more than 36 premature babies, 45 dialysis patients, and 5,000 displaced people.
He said that the hospital was plunged into darkness as soon as the evening came, after the electricity was completely cut off, so that nothing could be seen in the hospital.
He explained that he hears nothing in the hospital except the sounds of Israeli tanks and bulldozers wreaking havoc in its courtyards, in addition to the sounds of groaning patients whose medical staff cannot find any treatment or medicine to soothe their pain, or the crying of some displaced people who have lost a number of their relatives in front of their eyes.
He added that the hospital had run out of sterile water and milk for feeding children, and that they were starving. Many of them appeared to be suffering from illness symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, high fever, and severe dehydration, while the medical staff was unable to help them or any wounded or sick person due to the shutdown of the equipment. Due to a power outage.
He confirmed the death of 3 premature babies and warned that the rest of the premature babies would die if they were not transferred to other places where the conditions for medical care were met.
The director of Al-Shifa said that the hospital does not have any water at all, whether potable or otherwise, and that everyone is eager for a drop of water or a piece of bread, likening the situation in the hospital to “the Day of Resurrection.”
Because the occupation soldiers surrounded the hospital and did not allow anyone to move between its departments, Abu Salamiya said that some of the wounded who were martyred in the hospital after the medical equipment stopped, their bodies remained inside the hospital and they were not able to bury them, and as a result their bodies began to decompose.
He also pointed out that many of the wounded’s wounds began to rot, and doctors resorted to amputating some of their organs. The amputated organs remained in the hospital because the medical staff could not get rid of them, causing foul odors to be emitted in the place.