A doctor broke down after reading an emergency message from healthcare staff in Gaza’s biggest hospital, which the World Health Organization(WHO) has reported is “no longer functioning”.
On Friday Nov. 10, healthcare workers in London gathered outside the office of UK prime minister Rishi Sunak to demand a ceasefire in Gaza, which has come under heavy bombardment from Israel after it declared war on Hamas on Oct. 7.
Among the speakers was a pediatric doctor in Canada and member of Doctors Without Borders, Dr. Tanya Haj-Hassan, who read out a message from doctors in Al-Shifa, Gaza’s biggest hospital.
“We as medical staff want to leave, but we cannot. We might not survive until the morning,” Haj-Hassan said.
“We might not survive until the morning,” she said as she broke down. “We do not want to be killed here just only because we remain committed to our patients and our medical profession.”
The personal message from Gaza Medic Voices were among the several received since last month.
Additionally, the message called on governments or the ICRC and Red Cross to arrange safe corridors for the medical staff with urgency.
At least 192 health care workers have died, with 16 while on duty, in Gaza, according to a letter from Gaza Medic Voices.