El-Arish (Egypt) (AFP) – Wounded and sick Palestinians are helped onto a plane at Egypt’s El-Arish airport, before being flown to the United Arab Emirates where they will receive treatment. This is the third batch of medical evacuees taken in by the Gulf state, which has committed to receive 2,000 Palestinians, including 1,000 children. Gaza’s hospitals have been badly impacted by Israel’s military operation in the territory, which was started in response to the October 7 Hamas attacks. The assault on Israeli settlements killed 1,200 people and saw a further 240 taken hostage by the group. Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry says Israel’s sustained air and ground campaign has killed nearly 15,000.