On Sunday, at least 70 deaths were reported in Nasser Hospital in Gaza City after an Israeli airstrike in the southern region. Dozens of patients, many of them children and young people, had to be treated for severe burns at the clinic. Médecins Sans Frontières’ project manager in southern Gaza, Christophe Garnier, stated that the medical needs are enormous and that the group is ready to expand its operations. However, he added that they need basic security guarantees and unrestricted access to medical and humanitarian supplies before doing so.
According to a photographer for a German press agency who was present at the time, there were many body bags lined up in the clinic by midday on Sunday. The Israeli army initially did not release a statement on reports of attacks in the south of Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant announced on Saturday that the attacks would continue and soon be expanded to the south. The military has been calling on northern residents for more than a month to flee to a southern zone west of Khan Yunis on the Mediterranean. Most recently, residents of Khan Younis were also asked to flee for the first time.