WHO asks Israel to withdraw order for removal of medical supplies from warehouse in Gaza

World Health Organization’s chief asks Israel to take every possible measure to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure

09:50 - 5/12/2023 Tuesday
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World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged Israel on Monday to withdraw its order for the removal of medical supplies from the WHO's warehouse in the Gaza Strip.

"Today, @WHO received notification from the Israel Defense Forces that we should remove our supplies from our medical warehouse in southern Gaza within 24 hours, as ground operations will put it beyond use,” Tedros said on X.

"We appeal to #Israel to withdraw the order and take every possible measure to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, including hospitals and humanitarian facilities.”

Israel resumed its military offensive on the Gaza Strip on Friday after the end of a week-long humanitarian pause with the Palestinian group Hamas.

At least 15,899 Palestinians have been killed and more than 42,000 others injured in relentless air and ground attacks on the enclave since Oct. 7 following a cross-border attack by Hamas.

The Israeli death toll in the Hamas attack stood at 1,200, according to official figures.

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