“The situation in hospitals is miserable. It makes you cry. There is no equipment, people are crowded on top of each other,” said Rajaa Musleh
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247 – A month after the start of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas, the Gaza Strip, where more than 2.1 million Palestinians are concentrated, faces a desolate scenario, with buildings destroyed and infrastructure reduced to rubble. Furthermore, residents report that bodies are being buried in mass graves and hospitals are performing surgeries in precarious conditions, even lacking anesthesia to treat the injured.
“There was just the smell of dead bodies and gunpowder,” said Ameen Abed, who lived in Jabaliya, a place that was severely affected by Israeli air strikes, highlights O Globo citing the American newspaper The New York Times.
Also according to the report, the representative of the health charity MedGlobal, Rajaa Musleh, defined the situation in Gaza hospitals as “miserable”. With scarce resources, hospitals face a lack of supplies and equipment, especially impacting care for children, who represent half of Gaza’s population. “The situation in hospitals is miserable… It makes you cry. There is no equipment, people are crowded on top of each other,” she told CNN.
According to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), of the more than 10,000 dead in the Gaza Strip, around 4,100 were minors.
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Healthcare workers, like Alaa Shitali of al-Shifa Hospital, report working non-stop, facing an unbearable workload. The organization Doctors of the World denounced precarious conditions in hospitals, where surgeons are forced to operate on the floor and perform procedures without anesthesia due to lack of material. Doctor Tanya Haj-Hassan, from Doctors Without Borders, highlighted the shortage of essential medicines.
“At least 10,584 buildings in the Gaza Strip have been hit since the start of the Israeli counteroffensive, following attacks by the terrorist group Hamas against civilians on October 7. The survey was carried out by the United Nations Satellite Center (UNOSAT), which analyzed images of the Palestinian territory. Previous data showed more than 8,000 damaged buildings, but the release, this Wednesday, of a new map showing the damage caused throughout the territory of Gaza made the numbers grow again”, highlights the report.