Death and Despair at Gaza Hospital as Fighting Spreads

"I'm watching patients die in front of my eyes," one doctor at a besieged hospital explained, "and I can't help them in the least." Israel stated that its forces were pursuing Hamas fighters.

In the third week of Israel's ground war in Gaza, Israeli military vehicles arrived on Monday at the gates of a besieged hospital complex where fuel, medicine, and food are running low. 

Inside the hospital, nurses were transferring 36 premature babies to the only department with oxygen.

"Their lives are in danger," said Dr. Nasser Bolbol, head of the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit, Al-Shifa. Three other babies died in the neonatal ward before the babies were moved, according to Dr. Bolbol.

Members of the medical staff painted a picture of the increasingly calamitous conditions inside Al-Shifa for the hundreds of patients as near-constant shelling shook the hospital buildings to their foundations.

According to Medhat Abbas, a spokesman for the Gazan Health Ministry, more than 100 bodies were decomposing in the hospital's front yard on Monday, another 50 were inside,

about 60 were in the morgue. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, a power outage at the hospital resulted in at least 12 deaths.

However, escaping Gaza's desperate hospitals comes with its own set of risks.

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