Flashquote: MSF Surgeon in Al Shifa hospital, Gaza City

Flashquote: MSF Surgeon in Al Shifa hospital, Gaza City

Voice note recorded at 8:10 AM on 13 November 2023

"We don’t have electricity. There’s no water in the hospital. There’s no food. People will die in a few hours without functioning ventilators. 

In front of the main gate, there are many bodies, there are also injured patients, we can’t bring them inside. 

When we sent the ambulance to bring the patients - a few meters away - they attacked the ambulance.

There are injured people around the hospital, they are looking for medical care, we can’t bring them inside. 

There’s also a sniper who attacked patients, they have gunshot wounds, we operated on three of them.

The situation is very bad, it is inhuman. It’s a closed area, no one knows about us.

We don’t have an internet connection, you managed to call me now, maybe you’ll try 10 times before you can reach me again. 

The medical team agreed to leave the hospital only if patients are evacuated first: we don’t want to leave our patients.

There are 600 inpatients, 37 babies, someone who needs an ICU, we can’t leave them.

We need a guarantee that there is a safe corridor because we saw some people trying to leave Al-Shifa, they killed them, they bombed them, the sniper killed them.

Inside the Al-Shifa hospital, there are injured patients, medical teams. If they give us guarantees and evacuate the patients first, we will evacuate.”

Hannah Hoexter Senior Press Officer, MSF UK



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