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Red Cross: Escalating conflict in South Lebanon puts hospitals in the region at risk

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Ερυθρσς Σταυ&rho ;σς: Η κλιμακωση των συγκροΙσεων σ το Νότιο ΛΙβανο θΕτει σε κΙνδυνο τη λειτουργλα των νοσοκομελων στη ν περιοχor

Nurses wheel in a journalist injured by Israeli shelling in Alma al-Shaab border village with Israel, at a hospital in the southern port city of Tyre, Lebanon, Friday, Oct. 13, 2023. An Israeli shell landed in a gathering of international journalists covering clashes on the border in south Lebanon, killing one and leaving six others injured. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

An escalation of military operations on Lebanon's southern border will further strain hospitals already facing a lack of resources > due to the national economic crisis, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross for the Middle East said yesterday Wednesday, Fabrizio Carboni.

Lebanon's Hezbollah Shiite organization has been exchanging fire with Israelfor the past five months, alongside the war in Gaza. According to medical sources, more than 50 civilians have been killed by Israeli bombing in Lebanon, as have more than 200 Hezbollah fighters.

For its part, Israel has announced that around a dozen soldiers have died in Hezbollah shelling in the north of the country, as well as six civilians.

Hospital staff in South Lebanon have hit the alarm bells for the increase in the number of injured, which has pushed the hospital care sector to its limits.

In his statements to the Reuters agency, Carboni pointed out thatLebanon does not have the necessary resourcesto support increased needs in its health facilities.

Ερυθρσ Σταυρσ : Η κλιμακωση των συγκροΙσεων στ&omicron ; Νότιο ΛΙβανο θΕτει σε κΙνδυνο τη λ&epsilon ;ιτουργΙα των νοσοκομεΙων στην &pi ;εριοχor

File Photo (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

“If something happens – and we hope it doesn't get worse – substantial medical support will be needed for the population in southern Lebanon and all the people affected by the conflict,” said Carboni.

The local director of the Red Cross appealed to the warring parties on the Lebanon-Israel border to respect the protected status of nursing staff and medical facilities, while underlining that it is very worrying that there are cases of rescuers being killed by shelling.

According to the Lebanese Ministry of Health, seven rescue workers and paramedics have been killed by Israeli shelling over the past five months.

Source: 24h.com.cy

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