Occupied Palestinian Territories

al-Ahli Arab Hospital

Hospital Director Suhaila Tarazi updates the situation in Gaza.

Suhaila Tarazi continues to provide heartbreaking updates as she is able. At the time of this writing, she has shared that the situation is horrific, and changing hour by hour. There is no water, no electricity, no food, no fuel reserves, and no safe place to shelter. The heavy shelling since the weekend in Gaza has forced over 125,000 inhabitants to flee their homes, using the United Nations Relief and Work Agency’s (UNRWA) schools as a shelter.

Unfortunately, three staff members of Ahli Hospital have thus far lost their homes completely during the bombardment of the Al Rimal area – among them, Ahli’s Medical Director, Dr. Maher Ayyad. Thankfully, they were at the hospital saving the lives of the injured, and not in their residences at the time of the air strikes.

“At this stage, our only hope is in God for a miracle in the midst of this scenery of death.” -Suhaila Tarazi, Director of Ahli Hospital

Ahli’s doctors and nurses are working non-stop, persevering in impossible conditions to serve the casualties of war: those maimed, burned, and injured. They’ve had to appoint extra staff (doctors, nurses, and technicians), open many more beds, and increase ICU capacity. The ongoing crisis demands Ahli’s critical attention and your generous support, as all patients during war are treated at no cost to them. Humanitarian first, Christian-led Ahli Hospital treats all people regardless of gender, race, or religion.

Above: The agony and destruction of war where innocent civillians on both sides become casualties.

Anglican Overseas Aid has been working with the al-Ahli Arab Hospital since 1988. The hospital is run by the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and provides healthcare to patients regardless of ethnicity, religion, political affiliation, or economic status.