Over 50 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli gunfire over the past few days, including an eight-month-old baby, and more than 2,700 people have been injured. The victims have been involved in largely peaceful protests near the Israeli border which have come under fire.
Islamic Relief is urgently procuring life-saving medical supplies to support hospitals in Gaza pushed to breaking point as they treat the victims of recent border clashes.
“There is an urgent need for more ambulances, emergency medical aid and qualified staff to treat patients,” says Muneeb Abu-Ghazaleh, Islamic Relief’s Head of Mission in Gaza. “With limited supplies and little support, hospitals are at breaking point and really struggling to cope. We have visited hospitals where treatments are taking place on the floor, administered by medical volunteers rather than fully qualified staff. At least $10m worth of medical aid is needed to ensure that people are properly treated for their wounds.”
The current medical emergency has added to the challenges facing the people of Gaza in the run-up to the holy month of Ramadan. Levels of poverty are increasing, with a lack of employment opportunities and basic services compounded by the effects of a long-term blockade that limits movements of people and goods. Now Gaza’s hospitals are overwhelmed, and medical staff are only able to stabilise the majority of those coming in injured as shortages mean patients cannot receive a full course of treatment.
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