Trucks that were once used to transport ice cream to supermarkets are now makeshift morgues in the Gaza Strip, where the death toll continues to rise. According to local health authorities, air strikes by the Israeli army have left more than 2,600 people dead as of this Sunday afternoon (15). Among the fatal victims are more than 700 children.
With a lack of space in cemeteries, the solution found was to store the bodies of the dead in trucks, but even that is not enough: there are also bodies stored in tents. Gaza City authorities said they were digging mass graves to bury the dead.
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The health situation in the Gaza Strip is on the verge of collapse, with electricity, water and supplies cut. Hospital workers in the north of the enclave said they will not evacuate the region, as ordered by Israel, as it is impossible to transport patients in serious condition. Under the threat of an imminent ground invasion, healthcare professionals decided to stand by their patients.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, said Israel’s evacuation order was a death sentence for people under medical care.
Marting Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief, posted on the social network X (formerly Twitter) that “without water, electricity, food and medicine, thousands will die”.
The total number of deaths in the conflict, which began on October 7, exceeds 4 thousand: 2.6 victims on the Palestinian side, and 1.4 on the Israeli side. According to the Palestinian Civil Defense, there are a thousand people missing under rubble in Gaza and 126 Israelis are held hostage by Hamas.
Editing: Patrícia de Matos