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Israeli Restrictions Add to Suffering of Gaza’s Cancer Patients

For the fourth time in two months, Nevin Abu El-Jidian failed to
cross the Erez checkpoint, which separates the Gaza Strip from Israel
and the West Bank. Israeli authorities asked her to come back again with
an updated radiograph of her breast cancer. “The officer told me I have
to go back to Gaza and take an updated one.” But, even then, passage
into Israel is not guaranteed, the officer told her.

Abdallah al-Qutati: Family and colleagues of third paramedic killed in Gaza speak out

In Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP)’s latest film, the family, colleagues and friends of 22-year-old first responder Abdallah al-Qutati, who was shot dead by Israeli forces last week, speak out about the circumstances of his killing and their demands for protection and accountability. Abdallah was the third health worker to be killed in Gaza since 30 March. 

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Gaza shootings: an orthopaedic crisis and mass disability

Further to Summerfield and colleagues’ correspondence on the situation in Gaza,12
I respond as head of plastic and reconstructive surgery in the country.
The death and injury toll is still rising—as at 18 May, 117 were dead,
including 13 children, and 12 271 injured. 6760 have been hospitalised,
including 3598 with bullet wounds. Nineteen clearly identified medics
have been shot.

 

Gunshot Gaza: hospitals struggle to treat surge in firearms injuries

New types of complex injuries in the
Palestinian territory are leading to lifelong disabilities as prompt
comprehensive care is beyond the scope of already fractured health
services, reports Jonathan Owen.

More than a thousand people in Gaza have been left with life changing
injuries after being shot by Israeli soldiers at demonstrations in the
past few months, doctors have said, leading to a medical emergency.

The maiming fields of Gaza

The BMJ reports on Gaza’s post-conflict health infrastructure.1
Since 30 March 2018, Palestinians civilians who have been living as
refugees in Gaza since 1948 have been gathering in mass, unarmed
demonstrations about their political predicament and the ongoing effects
of the 12 year long Israeli siege.

 

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Report on Return March by Palestinian Ministry of Health

Victims and injured during the Return March: we publish hereafter a report released by the Palestinian Ministry of Health:

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.

 


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