The World Health Organization is concerned about what is going to occur to Muhammad Abu Salmiya, the director of the al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza. Mr. Abu Salmiya was arrested few days ago by Israeli forces.
The head of the biggest healthcare facility in the beleaguered city and five other medical personnel were detained two days ago while participating in a UN operation to evacuate clients, the WHO announced in an announcement. The organization explained in the announcement that “three medical personnel from the Palestine Red Crescent Society and three from the Ministry of Health were detained,”
Two are said to have gotten freed, but the press release also stated that “we do not have information about the well-being of the four remaining health staff, including the director of Al-Shifa hospital.”
The UN agency asked for their constitutional and rights to be properly respected during their imprisonment. An Israeli army spokesman announced that Abu Salmiya was under interrogation.
Israeli army spokesman Doron Spielman stated that the army is presently moving forward with… questioning the chied over the reality that he’d been in charge of a medical facility that was actually resting on the crest of a complete terror complex.
Following an Israeli military assault on the hospital’s premises a week ago, Hamas and hospital authorities have consistently refuted the Israeli army’s allegations that Hamas members utilized an underground network beneath al-Shifa as its headquarters. Israel has not offered any proof to support this assertion.
Regarding the circumstances within al-Shifa, which were a primary target of Israeli airstrikes and a ground assault after assaults by Hamas forces on October 7, Abu Salmiya has been often cited by the world media.
The Israeli military issued a directive last week to evacuate al-Shifa, a settlement that had provided housing for 7,000 people, including Palestinian refugees and patients. However, a small group of medical professionals stayed inside with several dozen patients who were immobile.
Hospital Evacuation Operations
Within a week, the WHO conducted three hospital rescue operations, according to the organization. It was able to move 31 newborns out of the hospital at one point.
Together with the Palestine Red Crescent, the third mission was completed on Wednesday. The Organization reports that 151 individuals, including patients, their families, and medical staff, were relocated.
According to a WHO spokesman on Friday, the UN organization was planning more hospital removals from the northern part of Gaza. The government express concerns about the safety of people who are still at al-Shifa Hospital despite the four-day ceasefire. As a WHO spokesman explains, “we’re extremely concerned about the safety of the estimated 100 patients and health workers remaining at al-Shifa,”
There are remarks made by the Gaza Health Ministry that it was ceasing collaboration with the World Health Organization due to rumors that Israel is detaining medical personnel for interrogation.