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WHO calls to respect legal, human rights of health workers detained in Gaza


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Geneva: The World Health Organization (WHO) said the rights of members of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society and employees of the Palestinian Health Ministry, detained in the Gaza Strip during an operation to evacuate patients from the Shifa hospital in the enclave’s north, must be respected.

“Two of the six detained health workers have reportedly been released. We do not have information about the well-being of the four remaining health staff, including the director of Al-Shifa hospital. WHO calls for their legal and human rights to be fully observed during their detention,” the WHO said in a statement.

The escalation of the conflict between Israel and Palestinian group Hamas started on October 7. On Friday morning, the sides launched a four-day truce to exchange some of the prisoners and hostages. The deal also committed Israel to allowing daily supply of humanitarian aid and fuel to the Gaza Strip.

On October 7, Hamas launched a surprise large-scale rocket attack against Israel from the Gaza Strip and breached the border, killing around 1,200 people and abducting over 200 others in neighboring Israeli communities. Israel launched retaliatory strikes and ordered a complete blockade of Gaza, cutting off supplies of water, food, and fuel. On October 27, Israel launched a large-scale ground incursion inside the Gaza Strip with the declared goal of eliminating Hamas fighters and rescuing the hostages. The conflict has resulted in the deaths of nearly 1,200 people in Israel and over 14,800 in Gaza.

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