34 patients at Gaza's largest hospital die as it runs out of fuel

Health authorities in the Gaza Strip say 34 patients, including seven newborn babies, have died at the largest hospital in the Palestinian territory. They say it is because the facility is running out of fuel amid Israel's continued military operation against the Islamic militant group Hamas.

The Israeli airstrikes and ground offensive in Gaza continued on Monday.

Local health officials say 25 hospitals out of the 35 in Gaza have been forced to discontinue services due to the attacks and the lack of fuel.

Al-Shifa Hospital, the largest and best-equipped in the enclave, is among them. Doctors there say there are about 600 patients and 37 babies, including some who need intensive care. They say they cannot leave the hospital unless the safe evacuation of patients can be guaranteed.
The Palestine Red Crescent Society says the sole power generator at Al-Amal Hospital in Khan Younis, southern Gaza, has stopped working. It says 25 of the 90 patients there are at risk of dying at any moment.

About 9,000 civilians are reportedly taking shelter inside the hospital compound.