Hammam Alloh, a Palestinian nephrologist at Gaza’s Al-Shifa Hospital, was killed in an Israeli airstrike, reported independent news portal Democracy Now. In his last interview before his death, Alloh vehemently opposed Israel’s directives to move south and spoke about his duty as a doctor towards his patients.
When asked why he did not move to south Gaza along with his family, Alloh told Democracy Now, “If I go, who treats my patients? They are not animals. They have the right to receive proper healthcare.”
You think I went to medical school and for my postgraduate degrees for a total of 14 years, so I think about my life and not my patients? You think I went to med school to think only about my life?” Alloh further added.
Ben Thomson, a fellow nephrologist, who has worked with Alloh, said that the Palestinian doctor wanted “a free, just, durable, free life in Palestine”, Democracy Now reported.
Thomson said that Alloh was killed in an Israeli airstrike, along with his father, his father-in-law and his brother-in-law. Alloh was at his wife’s home when an Israeli airstrike hit it, Thomson said.
Alloh is survived by his wife and two children, who are 4 and 5 years old.
Hospitals in northern Gaza, which have already been struggling with power outages and fighting in the vicinity, have lately been blockaded by Israeli forces in the war against Hamas.
Al-Shifa, the Gaza Strip’s largest hospital, has stopped functioning and deaths among patients continue to increase amid intense Israeli strikes, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday.
On Saturday, Hamas’s health ministry in Gaza said that three babies died at the neonatal unit of Al-Shifa hospital after it went out of service.