NWRG is a group of academics, researchers and media professionals that enquire effects of new kinds of war technologies

OPCW Issues Fact-Finding Mission Reports on Chemical Weapons Use Allegations in Douma, Syria in 2018

THE HAGUE, Netherlands —6 July 2018—The Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), issued an interim report on the FFM’s investigation to date regarding the allegations of chemical weapons use in Douma, Syria on 7 April 2018.

The FFM’s activities in Douma included on-site visits to collect environmental samples, interviews with witnesses, data collection. In a neighbouring country, the FFM team gathered or received biological and environmental samples, and conducted witness interviews.

Palestinians injured during Gaza demonstrations: over 1,400 may suffer long-term disability

This article was contributed by the World Health Organization and the Disability Working Group

Although the number of casualties recorded during the ‘Great March of Return’ demonstrations in Gaza declined during June (see infographic), the health sector has continued to struggle with the cumulative caseload of serious injuries, particularly those requiring long-term rehabilitation.

 

Israeli military industries and the oppression of the great march of return in Gaza

The UAVs used by the ISF in the Great March of Return were not only used to disperse crowds with tear gas or skunk water, or to shoot down incendiary kites, but also were used directly against Palestinian civilians. Though the ISF has been denying the use of armed drones for years, testimonies indicate UAVs have been used in the extrajudicial killings of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza throughout the twenty-first century in ‘special’ missions the ISF consistently rebuts.

 

Stalled decline in infant mortality among Palestine refugees in the Gaza Strip since 2006

The estimated mortality rate in infants of Palestine refugees in Gaza has not declined since 2006. The stagnation of infant mortality rates indicates that further efforts are needed to investigate causes for this stagnation and ways of addressing the potentially preventable causes among Palestine refugee children in Gaza.

 

Razan Ashraf al-Najjar, obituary

Volunteer medical emergency first aid worker for the Palestinian Medical
Relief Society. She was born on Sept 13, 1997, in Khuza'a, Gaza Strip,
occupied Palestinian territory, and died after being shot while helping
the wounded near the Israel–Gaza border, on June 1, 2018, aged 20 years.

 

Read the article on The Lancet

 

 

The Maiming Fields of Gaza

Since 30 March 2018, Palestinians civilians living as refugees and exiles in Gaza ever since they were driven out from Palestine have been gathering in mass, unarmed monstration about their right of return to the homeland they lost in 1948. onfronted by the Israeli army, including 100 snipers, the toll of dead and wounded Palestinian civilians is mounting at a shocking rate as we write.

 

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The Palestinian Day of Return: from a short day of commemoration to a long day of mourning

On Friday, March 30, 2018, marking the 42nd anniversary of Land Day — when Israeli forces killed six Palestinians during protests against land confiscation in 1976 —Palestinians in the Gaza Strip marched to the eastern border with Israel beginning a six-week protest — what they termed the Great March of Return. It was the bloodiest day in Gaza since the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict.

 

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The Gaza shootings: a massive orthopaedic crisis and mass disability

I am the Head of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Gaza and I am writing in follow-up of the rapid response “The Maiming Fields of Gaza” of 4 May. (1) As of 18 May, the death and injury toll, rising every day, is 117 dead, including 13 children, and no less than 12,271 injured. 6,760 have been hospitalised, including 3,598 with bullet wounds. 19 clearly identified medics have been shot to date. (2)

Children of Gaza, request of support

Dear all,

I write to you to renew the call to support the work that we  as NWRG and Children for Gaza are carrying on since, respectively,  2011 to 2012 in Gaza.

It is not charity work or emergency intervention,  but it consists of projects for the development of mother and child health and scientific documentation of the factors that put them at risk, and for their protection.

A study of the relationship between the exposure of pregnant women to military attacks and heavy metal contaminants in newborns

Metal contamination of humans in war areas has rarely been investigated. Weaponry’s heavy metals become environmentally stable war remnants and accumulate in living things.

 

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First Global Congress in Conflict Medicine

Long term risks of increase in NCD in war aftermath: changes in reproductive health in Gaza, Palestine, factors involved, and legacies.

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Call to support the health of infants in Gaza, Palestine

Call to support the health of infants in Gaza, Palestine
After the 2014 war in Gaza, the number of newborns with serious health conditions has increased dramatically.
In mid-2016, 14% of infants had a 40% chance of dying within a month after birth.
A sharp increase in births before term or too small babies, and of babies with birth defects cause this strong increase in neonatal mortality, estimated at about 2000-2500 babies per year more than in the past.
The deterioration of the neonatal health can be stopped or at least reduced.

Gaza, alert by doctors and scientist accounting, by scientific research, for "unseen victims"

Long term effects of weapon use and of war remnants in Gaza

The modern wars do not stop at the closing of the hostilities but leave some environmentally stable contaminants, that accumulate in living and affect the health of the civilian population, always targeted, for years afterwards.  How many years, we do not yet know.

Hands Off The Lancet

RESPONSE TO THE COMPLAINT TO REED ELSEVIER, PUBLISHERS OF THE LANCET, BY PROFESSOR SIR MARK PEPYS AND 395 COLLEAGUES

 

In this public response to the smear campaign and personal attacks on Richard Horton, The Lancet Editor-in-Chief, Lancet Complaint to Reed Elsevier, we assert:-

Operation Protective Edge

For  children  living  in  the  Gaza  Strip,  2014  was  a  year  that  brought  violence,  fear,  and  loss.  The  Israeli   military  offensive  that  lasted  50  days  between  July  8  and  August  26,  dubbed  Operation  Protective  Edge,   killed  547  Palestinian  children,  535  of  them  as  a  direct  result  of  Israeli  attacks.1  Another  3,374  children   suffered  injuries  in  attacks,  including  over  1,000  children  whose  wounds  rendered  them  permanently   disabled. 

 

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