Fuel enters Gaza as 26 reported killed in Khan Yunis strike

A first consignment of fuel has entered Gaza after US pressure on Israel, allowing communications to resume in the territory, where a hospital director on Saturday said 26 people had been killed in a strike in Khan Yunis.

A two-day blackout caused by fuel shortages ended after a first delivery arrived from Egypt late Friday, but UN officials continued to plead for a ceasefire, warning no part of Gaza is safe.

On Saturday, the director of the Nasser hospital in Khan Yunis said it had received the bodies of 26 people, as well as 23 people with serious injuries, after an air strike on a residential building in the southern region’s Hamad city.

The Israeli military did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report.

It has been pressing operations in Gaza’s largest hospital, Al-Shifa in the north of the territory, searching for the Hamas operations centre it says lies beneath.

Gaza telecom services partially restored after entry of limited quantity of fuel: statement

Telecom services have been partially restored in the Gaza Strip after the entry of a limited quantity of fuel through UNRWA, Gaza’s main telecommunications companies Paltel and Jawwal said in a statement on Friday.

Israel imposed a strict blockade on all goods entering Gaza when it launched a military campaign in response to the Palestinian militant group’s Oct 7 rampage, in which its fighters killed 1,200 people and took 240 hostages.

At least 40 patients, including four premature babies, die at al-Shifa Hospital

 

As Israeli force raided the al-Shifa Hospital for a third day on Friday, administrators at the hospital reported the deaths of 40 patients, including four premature babies, since November 11 due to a lack of electricity at the medical facility, according to the UN.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) reported that late-night air strikes on residential buildings in central Gaza’s Nuseirat area killed at least 20 people and left around 140 trapped under rubble, Al Jazeera reported.

Emergency services in Gaza have largely ceased due to a lack of fuel for vehicles and communications.

Since Oct 7, 71 internally displaced people have been killed and over 570 injured in UN facilities in Gaza. UN facilities have been overcrowded causing the spread of diseases like acute respiratory illness and diarrhoea.

Around 830,000 people are sheltering in overcrowded UN-run shelters in Gaza, with one shower for every 700 people and one toilet for every 150 people.

Those who fled south are sleeping in the open against the walls of these facilities, as there is no room inside.

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