First Jordanian field hospital enters Gaza since war began
November 20, 2023 / 11:08 PM
Sharjah 24 – AFP: Palestinian officials said a field hospital accompanied by 170 personnel sent by Jordan entered the Gaza Strip Monday, the first since the war between Israel and Palestinian resistance erupted on October 7.
Weeks of intense bombardment and acute shortages of fuel and medical supplies have prompted the collapse of Gaza's health system, with the majority of hospitals no longer functioning.
There are around 30,000 wounded people across Gaza, and 13,000 had been killed, mostly civilians.
Mohammed Zaqout, director-general of Gaza hospitals, said the field hospital will be established in Khan Yunis, in the south, "to receive the wounded and the sick".
Hospitals in the area were experiencing "catastrophic" conditions, he said, "with the influx of hundreds of wounded each day and continued aggressive aerial and artillery strikes".
They could no longer accept sick patients or women who needed to give birth by Caesarean section, he added.
The field hospital has a 41-bed capacity, the Jordanian royal palace said, and Aed Yaghi, head of medical aid in Gaza, said it was accompanied by 170 personnel and 40 trucks of medical aid.