The Indonesian hospital in northern Gaza has gone ‘completely out of service’ due to a lack of supplies and an overwhelming number of patients amid Israel’s assault on the besieged territory, hospital director Atef al-Kahlout has said.
Footage from the hospital in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip shows wounded Palestinians lining the hallways of the facility and lying prone amid pools of blood.
“We cannot offer any more services … we can’t offer patients any beds,” al-Kahlout told Al Jazeera on Thursday.
While the hospital has a capacity of 140 patients, al-Kahlout said some 500 patients are currently inside the hospital.
He said 45 patients are in need of “urgent surgical intervention”, and called on ambulances “not to bring any more wounded people” to the facility due to the lack of capacity.
He says the hospital’s departments are “unable to carry out their work”. Health workers at the hospital cited a critical shortage of supplies.
“We don’t have beds,” a health worker told Al Jazeera on a tour of the building.
“This person needs an intensive care unit,” he added pointing to a young man lying on the ground while being tended to by a nurse.
“And [here],” he says pointing to another patient with an amputated leg, “we have no medicine.”