Gaza-Israel War

After more than seven months of war, Israel’s unrelenting and indiscriminate strikes on Gaza have destroyed buildings and entire neighborhoods in the north of the enclave, reducing them to rubble and debris. More than 34,000 people have been killed, and over 77,000 have been injured so far.

More than 1.9 million people in Gaza—over 85 per cent of the population—are estimated to be forcibly displaced and living in unsafe, unhealthy conditions. No place is safe from the bombing. 

The suffering of Palestinians trapped Gaza can no longer be put into words. We are calling for an immediate and enduring humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza and Israel to prevent further civilian deaths and allow aid workers unrestricted access to provide lifesaving medical care. 

Escalation of violence in Gaza

Conflict escalation
Decades of conflict exploded on 7 October 2023 as Hamas attacked Israel. Hostilities in Gaza and Israel are ongoing, and violence in the West Bank has surged.

Growing humanitarian needs
More than 2 million people are currently trapped in the Gaza strip with no access to food, water, electricity and medicines. 

Displaced people
More than 1.9 million people have been displaced within Gaza.
 

Hospitals are overwhelmed
The number of injured in need of urgent medical assistance far exceeds the capacity of the health system.
 

The current situation

As of May 2024

Seven months after the war between Israel and Hamas broke out in the Gaza Strip, Palestine, MSF teams are responding as much as is possible to the enormous needs in both the Strip and the West Bank, where access to healthcare has become increasingly difficult.

Since the escalation began in October, people have had no food, water, shelter and little or no access to healthcare. People are going hungry from the lack of food and becoming sick from drinking poor quality water. Needs are only growing as the displaced population is pushed towards the Egyptian border in Rafah. Malnutrition is looming, communicable diseases are spreading, clean water is scarce and harsh weather is making life conditions worse.

More than 1.9 million—over 85 per cent of the entire population in Gaza—had to flee their homes, with half of all displaced people crammed in the south in appalling conditions. They live in temporary structures made of a few pieces of wood banged together and covered in plastic sheeting; many people sleep in the streets or in the open areas, and struggle to find enough water to meet their hygiene needs. Pregnant women are delivering their babies where they’re sheltering, or in facilities before being discharged only a couple of hours later—including those that have had caesarean sections.

Many healthcare centres and hospitals are no longer functioning, due to damage from shelling and incursions, a lack of fuel (needed to run generators for electricity), or both. Those that remain even partially functional are overwhelmed with patients and people, stretched to breaking point, with few staff—who are all exhausted—and almost no supplies. 

Providing healthcare is becoming virtually impossible in Gaza, as no place, not even places of healthcare, are respected and safe from the bombs. Hospitals and healthcare infrastructure and personnel have been repeatedly hit by strikes or bullets, despite our numerous pleas to respect medical care and workers. Since 7 October, five MSF staff have been killed in Gaza.

MSF-supported facilities and other healthcare facilities continue to be subjected to evacuation orders that place patients, staff and displaced community members at risk. Accessing healthcare has become increasingly difficult for the wounded and the sick in Gaza, adding to an already shocking toll from this war. No health facility in Gaza is currently able to handle a large flow of wounded, due to systematic evacuation orders around hospitals and clinics and damage from fighting or strikes.

The north of Gaza has been largely cut off from assistance for months, leaving people trapped and with no choice but to attempt to survive on miniscule amounts of food, water and medical supplies. Entire neighborhoods have been bombed and destroyed. Although MSF has limited visibility of the overall humanitarian and health situation in the north, a few of our staff members remain trapped there. Some of our staff trapped in the north are reporting a catastrophic lack of food and water and overall poor quality, leading to diseases.

The invasion of Rafah, the last place of refuge for those who have fled from their homes, is now a terrifying reality. More than one million people are trapped in Rafah, and the consequences of an offensive will be catastrophic. 

MSF is calling for an immediate and enduring humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza and Israel to prevent further civilian deaths and allow aid workers unrestricted access to provide lifesaving medical care.
Residents search for survivors in the destruction caused by airstrikes in Gaza. © MSF

Residents search for survivors in the destruction caused by airstrikes in Gaza. © MSF

How MSF is responding

Our response in Gaza is comparatively limited, given the extent of our activities before the war and—more importantly—the massive needs there now are in the area. Over the last seven months, systematic sieges and evacuation orders on various hospitals have pushed our activities into an ever-smaller territory and are limiting our response. 

MSF currently operates in three hospitals (Al-Aqsa hospital, Rafah Indonesian Field Hospital, and El-Emirati Maternity Hospital), one primary healthcare center (Al-Shaboura clinic) and three healthcare facilities in Al Mawasi, in Rafah area. 

Our teams are offering surgical support, wound care, physiotherapy, post-partum care, primary health care, vaccination, and mental health services, but systematic sieges and evacuation orders on various hospitals are pushing our activities onto an ever-smaller territory and limiting our response.

What are the medical needs MSF is seeing in Gaza?

Accessing health care has become increasingly difficult for the wounded and the sick in Gaza, adding to an already shocking toll from this war. In addition to the scores killed and wounded since 7 October, needs are growing as the displaced population is pushed towards the Egyptian border in Rafah. Malnutrition is looming, communicable diseases are spreading, clean water is scarce and winter weather is making life conditions worse for people who were not able to take warm clothes when the war began. 

Infections resulting from poorly treated wounds are rising fast, putting lives at risk. The risks of infection are incredibly high because of the conditions that people are forced to live in and the fact that there just isn’t the capacity and ability to provide the in-hospital care that these patients truly need. 

The World Health Organization also reports an increase in infectious diseases including diarrhea, acute respiratory infections, skin infections, and outbreaks like hepatitis. As food and water shortages worsen, 40 per cent of Gaza’s people are at risk of famine, according to UNRWA. Pregnant mothers struggle to find access to delivery rooms due to crowded hospitals, leading to stillbirths or births in terrible conditions for both mother and child.

Due to the unprecedented number of wounded in Gaza, the severity and complexity of injuries, and continuing extreme violence and siege, we need to be able to provide safe and medicalised passage to health facilities outside of Gaza for patients who need it and choose to do so. Palestinians who are medically evacuated must retain the right to return home to Gaza as required under international human rights law. 

MSF’s mental health teams have been addressing the psychological toll of the war and forced displacement on children’s emotional wellbeing in Gaza after nearly three months of siege and bombardment. Children have been exposed to extremely traumatic episodes with some patients recovering from physical injuries and some having lost their family members. 

How long has MSF been working in Palestine?

MSF began working in Palestine in 1989 and has run medical programs in Gaza for more than 20 years. 

Working in three hospitals and several outpatient clinics, we offer comprehensive care for people suffering from burns and trauma, which includes surgery, physiotherapy, psychological support, occupational therapy and health education. 

Since 2018, we have also been running a reconstructive surgery programme in northern Gaza. MSF’s project is crucial since Gaza’s local healthcare system is overstretched and underfunded, and deeply impacted by over a decade of blockade.

Since we currently only run programs in Palestine, our reporting is rooted in the direct witnessing of our patients and staff on the ground there. However, we have offered support to Israeli hospitals treating casualties from these attacks.

Why is MSF not working in Israel?

We are a humanitarian organisation, which means we treat everyone who needs help, but our resources are not unlimited: we focus them where they are needed the most. The Palestinian healthcare systems, both in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, have been crippled by over 70 years of occupation and over ten years of blockade. They are unable to meet the basic health needs of their respective populations. In contrast, Israel has an excellent healthcare system and has not requested support from MSF at this time. 

Where we're responding

North Gaza

Al-Awda Hospital

Evacuated — MSF and MSF-supported staff working autonomously 
The last remaining main hospital in north Gaza has been crippled and is barely functional. The hospital was struck in early October and at least five hospital staff, including two MSF doctors, were killed while caring for their patients. In December, Israeli forces besieged the hospital; one of our colleagues was wounded inside the hospital after a sniper reportedly fired on him. When the Israeli forces took control of the hospital, after heavy fighting, detained all males above 16 years old—six MSF staff among them. After the interrogations, most of them were sent back into the hospital and have been working there autonomously since. Our colleagues in northern Gaza report shortages of any kind of goods and difficult working conditions. 

MSF ended its collaboration with Al Awda Hospital on 31 December 2023. 

Al-Shifa Hospital

Evacuated — No MSF staff
Following a 14-day operation by Israeli forces which ended on April 1, the hospital was left in ruins and is no longer functional. There is no possibility for MSF to resume its activities in the near future.  

MSF clinic (near Al Shifa)

MSF clinic with MSF staff
MSF has a clinic close to Al-Shifa hospital premises. The clinic had been damaged, the fence destroyed, and all the windows broken. Since then, MSF has repaired the clinic and the activities have re-started. The team focuses on wound dressings and physiotherapy. Depending on the security situation and operational possibilities, MSF aims to send more supplies to the north and start scaling up activities in the coming weeks. 

Indonesian Hospital

No MSF staff
Since MSF staff were forced to leave Indonesian hospital at the outset of this war due to increasing bombardment in the area and progressive ground invasion of Israeli forces, we cannot provide any updates regarding this facility or the situation inside. We are not aware whether there are any patients or hospital staff still inside the Indonesian hospital.

Gaza's middle area

Al-Aqsa Hospital, Deir Al Balah

MSF project with Palestinian and Internationally Mobile Staff
On 6 January, MSF had to evacuate Al-Aqsa hospital due to fighting all around the premises and evacuation orders that made MSF’s pharmacy store inaccessible. Three MSF-supported staff remained in the premises, working autonomously. On 6 February, MSF team returned to Al-Aqsa and prepared the premises for a return to previous activities. On 7 February, wound and rehabilitation care resumed, and the team has been providing acute trauma surgery, advanced wound care, post-operative wound care, physiotherapy, health promotion and mental health support since then. Access to pharmacy store has also been re-established. A total of 5,800 wound care dressings were done between 7 February to 4 April; 83 per cent of these wounds are war-related trauma. 

Al Martyrs Primary Health Care Centre, Deir Al Balah

MSF operational with Palestinian staff
On 10 March, MSF team started wound care and malnutrition screening activities at the Primary Healthcare Center. From 10 March to 4 April,  the team tended to 389 wounded people and screened 1,450 children for malnutrition, 23 of whom (1.6 per cent) presented with severe acute malnutrition and 42 (2.9%) with moderate acute malnutrition.

Al Hekker Primary Health Care Centre

MSF facility with MSF staff
In mid-April, MSF team opened a new Primary Health Care Center (PHCC) in Al Hekker to provide outpatients services, including general consultations, vaccination, reproductive health services, dressing, mental health services including psychological first aid, individual and family session, and psychoeducation and health promotion activities. The team have been doing 250 consultations per day. 

South Gaza

Nasser Hospital, Khan Younis

Evacuated – No MSF staff
Nasser was the main surgical centre in the south of the Gaza Strip, located in Khan Younis, and the second largest in the whole Strip. MSF staff were forced to flee in mid-February and leave patients behind after a shell struck the hospital and Israeli forces ordered the evacuation of the facility before raiding it. One MSF staff member was detained and released after nearly two months. MSF staff visited the hospital premises in mid-April, with the objective of re-evaluating the situation, assessing damages and resuming orthopedic surgery activities and support to the ER in collaboration with WHO and MoH. Depending on the results of this assessment, MSF also plans to resume laboratory activities. 

European Gaza Hospital, Khan Younis

Operations have stopped – No MSF staff
MSF stopped operations early March due to the departure of the plastic surgeon and the remainder of staff were sent to support other hospitals lacking support. Access to European Gaza Hospital was proving harder every day due to insecurity on the way to the premises and on at least two occasions staff could not reach the hospital. Our plastic surgeon and small team of nurses was seeing between 20 and 30 patients a day for a change of dressings, and working in the operational theater providing debridement, flap surgery and sutures. Many of these patients were children with trauma and severe burn injuries, who were wounded at the beginning of the war and now have their wounds infected due to lack of medical care. Supporting the hospital remotely has proven to be difficult, however MSF collaborates with the facility for the referral of patients to Rafah Indonesian Field Hospital.

Rafah Indonesian Field Hospital, Rafah

MSF operational with Palestinian and Internationally Mobile Staff
MSF supports the outpatient department at Rafah Indonesian Field Hospital in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, taking care of patients in post-operative care (trauma and burn cases), all showing war-related wounds, to relieve the patient loads from European Gaza hospital and An-Najjar hospital. Inpatient activities were scaled up to 60 beds in January and include one operating theater to perform surgical interventions with approximately 35 procedures per week (skin graft, debridement, removal of external fixators, flap). In March, MSF opened an ICU service with 2 beds. MSF provides 50 dressings weekly under light sedation to relieve the pain of the patients during these painful procedures, especially for the children. Outpatient and inpatient care now run 6 days a week with about 130 consultations a day, providing dressing changes, physiotherapy, and counselling. MSF is continuously working on improving the quality of care and services in the facility (including infection prevention control and pain management).

Al-Najar Hospital

No MSF – moved to other project locations
MSF discontinued surgical activities at Al-Najjar on 29 February and wound care activities on 14 March, 2024. The team of five Palestinian staff (three surgeons and two nurses) had been working at the hospital since 22 January, performing surgeries and wound care.

El-Emirati Hospital, Rafah

MSF operational with Palestinian and Internationally Mobile Staff 
MSF is supporting the Emirati maternity hospital with medical supplies, staff including gynecologists, nurses and hygienists working in round-the-clock shifts. MSF team is offering postpartum care and managing complications in pregnancies while deliveries are managed by the Emirati hospital team. The teams built an extension of the maternity department in the parking lot of the hospital to increase the postpartum department’s capacity. Since the start of the activities in January 2024, the teams have admitted 6,053 patients. 

Al-Shaboura clinic, Rafah

MSF operational with Palestinian and Internationally Mobile Staff
On 9 December, MSF restarted working at Al-Shaboura clinic in Rafah, gradually scaling up activities. MSF team is providing outpatients services, including general consultations, vaccination, reproductive health services, dressing, mental health services including psychological first aid, individual and family session, and psychoeducation and health promotion activities. We’re also performing systematic malnutrition screening among children under five and pregnant and lactating women in Al-Shaboura clinic.

Since the start of the project in January 2024 MSF has conducted more than 36,000 medical consultations (first and follow up), including more than 15,000 pediatric cases. The team also started screening women and children for malnutrition. We were seeing a gradual increase of malnutrition cases in February and March. Although, as referenced earlier in the CI in further detail, based on our medical data, the situation has stabilized since then.  

Al-Mawasi Health Post in Rafah

At the end of January, we established a primary health care clinic inside of two trucks in Al-Mawasi, conducting around 400 consultations a day. Between January 30 and April 4, the team performed 21,363 consultations. The majority of patients came from the northern parts of Gaza (20 per cent North Gaza; 55 per cent Gaza City). Medical services include general practitioner consultations, ante-natal and post-natal care, mental health, physiotherapy, dressing changes and malnutrition screening for children under five, and pregnant and lactating women. As of April 4, 2,728 people have been screened for malnutrition, with 0.6 per cent presenting with severe acute malnutrition and 3.8 per cent with moderate acute malnutrition. 

MSF is supporting CFTA (Culture and Free Thought Association) in providing pre- and post-natal care as well as sexual and reproductive healthcare. MSF is currently scaling up the activities, including general consultations, management of non-communicable diseases, malnutrition screening and treatment, and physiotherapy. 

 

Water and Sanitation 

MSF Teams are supporting two water distribution points near Al-Mawasi health post and in the informal camp of internally displaced people. Distribution began on 30 January and provides 15,200 liters of water to 5,067 people six days a week, almost three litres per person per day.

MSF provides around 300m3 of clean water a day in different locations in Rafah and is continuously working to increase this quantity, as drinkable water is a scarce source. On 28 March MSF set up a new desalination plant in Al-Mawasi. Considering the immense needs, the amount of water distributed is just a drop in the ocean.

The West Bank

West Bank

MSF is maintaining operations in the West Bank, focusing on providing emergency care, primary health care via mobile clinics, and mental health care in Hebron, Nablus, and Jenin.

Hebron

Current activities focus on providing medical care through 10 mobile clinics, support to 4 PHCs, implementation & support of the maternity and ER capacity increase in Halhoul Hospital, increase ER capacity in Moktaseb Hospital, mental health support, capacity building in emergency response, and advocacy & protection. We are supporting various hospitals with donations and first-aid kits to community focal points in Beit Omar, Al Rshaydeh, and to the emergency care centre in Um El Khair; we support and trained medical staff in Al Moktaseb Hospital, Hal-Hul, Dura, and Yatta Hospital in Hebron area.

As the disruption to medical access increased since October 2023, MSF is progressively expanding its response to bring health care to people who are unable to reach medical facilities. MSF mobile clinics now reach a total of 10 locations covering the areas outside and inside Hebron's Old City, but also in the remote villages of Masafer Yatta in the Southern West Bank. In addition to the expansion of medical activities since October 7, the MSF team increased health promotion activities in the community, and the distribution of relief items, hygiene kits and food parcels to internally displaced Gazans, and West Bank residents affected by violence and forcible displacement. For instance, in the past 4 months, MSF distributed 44 family food parcels to IDPs, filling the gap while they register for long-term assistance from NGOs or governmental sources. Lastly, MSF supports the displaced community also by delivering portable toilets and pipes installations. 

Nablus

MSF continues to offer psychological individual and group therapy as well as psychiatric consultations in Nablus, Qalqiliya and Tubas despite very challenging circumstances, particularly with regard to restrictions of movement in the area by the Israeli forces, which were already a disruptive factor but have intensified since 7 October. Furthermore, in collaboration with PRCS, MSF trained around 450 new PRCS paramedic volunteers, as first aid response providers. In the last week of April, MSF began a training for doctors and nurses in the ER in three different hospitals (Nablus, Tubas and Qalqilya, in order to increase the capacity of Ministry of Health staff for them to respond to trauma cases. 

Jenin, Tulkarem and Jericho

MSF teams are currently supporting the emergency room in the Ministry of Health hospitals in Jenin (Khalil Suleiman Hospital) and Tulkarem (Thabet Thabet Hospital) governorates. We equip volunteer paramedics in Jenin, Tulkarem and Nur Shams refugee camps with donations and training, so they can stabilize patients during active hostilities in case ambulances are not able to reach them. In December, we started supporting the MoH emergency plan with the setup of stabilization points in pre-existing health facilities and training the staff in trauma care.

Furthermore, MSF started operating in Jericho with mobile clinics and mental health support and health promotion. MSF is also providing psychological consultations in Suleiman Hospital. In the three governorates, we run activities to strengthen the existing mental health care services and support Gazan workers stranded in the west bank after the 7 October.

Egypt

Currently we have a rear base in Egypt to facilitate the transit of our internationally mobile teams and supplies. Our teams in Egypt are ready to send more medical supplies into Gaza if allowed to safely do so. We are in contact with the Egyptian authorities and the relevant actors in Egypt to start activities in Egypt to provide healthcare for injured or sick Palestinian people allowed to exit Gaza if needed as well. 

Supplies

As of mid-March 2024, MSF had brought six cargos, each of 120m3 in volume, into Gaza through the Rafah crossing point, which is the main functional entry point that can so far be used by humanitarian actors. This is a total of 53 trucks.  

On a monthly basis, we are able to deliver around 200 tons of medical supplies, including medicines, surgical kits, logistical items and humanitarian aid. It consists of one chartered plane and a small amount of locally purchased items. However, bringing supplies into Gaza has been extremely difficult due to administrative barriers, movement restrictions and lack of crossing options.

Reports of widespread looting in Gaza have been confirmed by MSF teams who witnessed some of these incidents. This is a sad reminder of how difficult the situation is and how desperately Gaza needs a much larger, steady flow of essential items and humanitarian supplies.

Attacks on hospitals

In the past five months, healthcare facilities have been subjected to evacuation orders and been repeatedly attacked, besieged and raided. Medical staff and patients have been arrested, abused and killed while caring for patients. This includes five of our own staff: 

  • Lab technician Mohammed Al Ahel, killed in November 2023 in an airstrike with members of his family;
  • Volunteer nurse Alaa Al-Shawa, shot in the head during a planned evacuation of an MSF convoy in November 2023;
  • Doctors Mahmoud Abu Nujaila and Ahmad Al Sahar, killed following a strike on Al-Awda hospital in November 2023
  • MSF UK Board associate trustee Reem Abu Lebdeh, believed to have been killed at her home in Khan Younis along with members of her family in December 2023. 

Several family members of our MSF staff have also been killed and a number of our staff members remain unaccounted for. Additionally, one MSF staff member was detained at a checkpoint by Israeli forces while trying to leave Nasser hospital on 15 February and remains in their custody. 

The duty of treating the sick and wounded, and the correlating protection of medical personnel and facilities, is at the core of International Humanitarian Law (IHL). Providing healthcare is becoming virtually impossible in Gaza, as no place, not even places of healthcare, are respected and safe from the bombs. 

Attacks on healthcare facilities
  • 1 April – After a 14-day long operation by Israeli forces in and around Al-Shifa hospital, the hospital has been left in ruins and out of service. An MSF clinic in the vicinity of the hospital was also badly damaged. Hundreds of people were killed, including medical staff, and mass arrests of medical staff and other people took place in and around the hospital.
  • 31 March – an Israeli airstrike hit the yard of MSF supported Al Aqsa hospital compound just outside of the emergency room where many internally displaced people were sheltering. Many people were killed and injured. After the attack, part of the MSF team had to stop providing care.  
  • 27 March – an airstrike hit a greenhouse near Al Shaboura clinic, an MSF supported facility in Rafah. Several people reportedly were killed in the attack, despite a United Nations Security Council Resolution requiring a ceasefire being passed on 25 March. No MSF staff or patients were hurt. 
  • 13 March – the Israeli military conducted operations in Jenin. At the MSF-supported Khalil Suleiman Hospital, people standing in the hospital courtyard were fired on. 6 people were wounded by the ER door, 2 of whom died.  
  • 2 March - a shell struck a shed next to the main entrance of Al-Emirati hospital in Rafah, killing 2 people and injuring several people.
  • 20 February - an Israeli tank fired on a house sheltering MSF colleagues and their families, killing the daughter-in-law and wife of one of our colleagues, and injuring seven people.
  • 15 February - a shell struck the orthopedic department; staff members fled the compound leaving behind several patients. One MSF staff was detained at a checkpoint by Israeli forces and is still in their custody.
  • 22 January - Nasser Hospital in Khan Yunis is surrounded by fighting, bombing, and evacuation orders. Strikes are killing people as close as 150 meters from hospital entrance, staff report.
  • 8 January -  MSF “Lotus” shelter in Khan Yunis was struck by a tank shell, killing 5-year-old daughter of MSF staff. Over 125 MSF staff and their families are relocated to Rafah.
  • 6 January - Al-Aqsa Hospital is evacuated after fighting gets close and evacuation orders put MSF pharmacy inside exclusion area. A sniper bullet broke through the intensive care unit wall on 5 January.

2023

  • 17 December - Israeli forces take control of Al Awda hospital after a 12-day siege. Males over 16 years old are taken, stripped and interrogated – six MSF staff among them. After the interrogations, most of them are sent back into the hospital and told not to move. The same day, the maternity ward of Nasser hospital is hit by the casing of Israeli “illumination rounds”. One patient is killed, others are wounded.
  • 12 December - an MSF surgeon is injured inside Al-Awda hospital by a shot fired from the outside. 
  • 5 December - MSF staff in Al Awda report that the hospital is facing a total siege. In the following days two members of medical staff at the hospital (not MSF staff) are shot and killed by the snipers.
  • 1 December - hours after the truce ended, a blast damages Al Awda hospital.
  • 24 November - a minibus sent from south Gaza to attempt another evacuation of MSF staff and their relatives in the north is destroyed by the Israeli forces.
  • 21 November - a strike on Al Awda Hospital kills Dr Mahmoud Abu Nujaila and Dr Ahmad Al Sahar from MSF, and another doctor, Dr Ziad Al-Tatari.
  • 18 November - an MSF evacuation convoy is targeted by Israeli sniper fire, two people are killed including an MSF volunteer. Two days later, the MSF cars from the convoy are destroyed by a bulldozer and Israeli heavy military vehicles under the eyes of our colleagues sheltering in the MSF guesthouse. The Israeli forces also damage the MSF clinic by pushing the vehicles against its perimeter wall, which fell down. Part of the clinic caught fire.
  • 15 November - Al Shifa hospital is stormed by the Israeli ground troops. All remaining MSF staff had left the hospital about one week earlier.
  • 3 November - An ambulance is hit and destroyed outside Al Shifa hospital, many people killed.
  • 30 October - MSF-supported Turkish-Palestinian Friendship hospital in Gaza is hit by a projectile, causing damage to the building. The hospital stops functioning when it runs out of fuel on 1 November.
  • 13 October - Israeli forces give two hours to evacuate MSF-supported Al-Awda Hospital. The hospital was not hit, but damaged by nearby bombing.
  • 11 October -  Airstrike close to Al-Awda Hospital, where MSF has been operating since 2018 – some ceilings are damaged etc, but the hospital continues to function.
  • 10 October -  MSF Gaza clinic damaged by an Israeli airstrike; no staff injured.
  • 7 October - Airstrike next to the MSF-supported Indonesian hospital – the blast from the strike ignites oxygen canisters in the hospital causing damage and killing a nurse from the hospital (not MSF). 

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