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In the Wake of an Israeli Air Raid, Al-Aqsa Hospital in Gaza Overwhelmed by Influx of Injured Children

by Joshua Brown
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The ashen pallor coating the faces of the juvenile casualties arriving at Al-Aqsa Hospital in Gaza’s heartland on Thursday blurred the lines between those who had survived and those who had not.

Subsequent to a duo of Israeli airstrikes that razed a block within the Bureij refugee camp and inflicted damage on two adjacent U.N. educational facilities repurposed as shelters, victims of all statures, shrouded in debris, converged on an already overflowing medical facility.

The corridors were lined with the inert forms of children, their silhouettes stark against the unforgiving hospital floors. A young boy, with life ebbing from a head wound, lay as medical staff scrambled to stem his bleeding. Nearby, an infant, masked for oxygen yet cloaked in dust, exhibited labored breaths. Their father, overcome by grief and anger, decried the loss of innocent lives to the onlooking world.

The conflict has already claimed the lives of over 3,700 Palestinian youths in just shy of a month, propelling over half of the 2.3 million residents to seek refuge away from their homes, with essential supplies dwindling rapidly.

With Israeli forces tightening their perimeter around Gaza City and intensifying their terrestrial assault, the casualty figures are projected to climb.

This most recent conflict erupted following a severe incursion by Hamas militants on October 7, which resulted in approximately 1,400 Israeli fatalities and the capture of around 240 individuals. Subsequent to this event, over 9,000 Palestinians in Gaza have perished, as reported by the Health Ministry within the Hamas-administered territory. This marks the most severe conflict to date between the adversaries.

The rationale behind the targeting of Bureij, situated in Gaza’s central district—a region previously declared by Israel as a safe haven from the northern battle zones—remains unclear.

The military has articulated that the airstrikes throughout Gaza have been aimed at clandestine Hamas military command posts located within civilian vicinities. However, the communiqué did not specifically address Bureij. Israel holds Hamas responsible for the strategic placement of civilians at risk.

The offensive on Bureij has culminated in at least 15 fatalities, as stated by Gaza’s Civil Defense. Numerous others are feared to be entombed within the wreckage.

The efforts of paramedics and rescuers to extract those afflicted have been hampered by devastated infrastructure and a shortage of fuel, leading to casualties being transported to hospitals by relatives, neighbors, or any available means.

In the densely populated Bureij, residents have been frantically sifting through the debris in search of life. A young girl, plucked from the remnants and ushered into the emergency room, downplayed her visible injuries to the attending medics, despite her distress.


Reportage by Frankel from Jerusalem.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Gaza hospital airstrike

What happened at Al-Aqsa Hospital in Gaza?

Al-Aqsa Hospital in central Gaza was overwhelmed with children wounded from an Israeli airstrike. The hospital struggled to accommodate the influx due to the high number of casualties and limited resources.

How many children have been affected in the recent conflict?

Over 3,700 Palestinian children and minors have been reported killed in less than a month of fighting, with many more displaced or severely injured.

What triggered the latest surge in violence between Israel and Hamas?

The recent surge in violence was triggered by a cross-border attack from Hamas on October 7, which led to significant Israeli casualties and further escalated the conflict.

Why was Bureij targeted in the Israeli airstrikes?

The exact reason why Bureij was targeted is unclear. While Israel has claimed airstrikes have targeted Hamas military centers, no specific reasons for targeting Bureij have been provided.

How has the Israeli-Palestinian conflict impacted the civilian population in Gaza?

The conflict has driven over half of Gaza’s 2.3 million people from their homes, and there is a critical shortage of food, water, and fuel. Hospitals are also struggling to treat the increasing number of wounded civilians.

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5 comments

David K November 3, 2023 - 9:36 pm

it’s hard to make sense of this madness, war is hell and the innocent always suffer the most, what’s the end game here?

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Mike Anderson November 4, 2023 - 6:32 am

where is the accountability? those poor children didn’t choose war, war chose them, and now they pay the price

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Jessica Smith November 4, 2023 - 8:46 am

every time I read an article like this my heart breaks a little more. what world are we living in where kids in hospital is just another headline

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John Miller November 4, 2023 - 9:54 am

can’t believe what’s happening there, how can we just stand by and watch these kids suffer like this

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Sarah Connor November 4, 2023 - 12:36 pm

This is tragic beyond words, the international community needs to step up, not just watch as things get worse for the people of Gaza

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