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.
Background: The UN has estimated that Israel’s attack on Gaza between 8 July and 26 August 2014 resulted in the deaths of 2204 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and thousands left with permanent disabilities.
Summary of findings from Surgery, Maternity and Pediatric Hospitals
The people of Gaza are facing the colossal task of rebuilding homes, roads and schools following the hostilities between Hamas and the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) last summer. Disagreements over border access and the importation of construction equipment and materials have delayed the removal of rubble and rebuilding. As a result, environmental risks to civilian health linger in Gaza despite calls for greater urgency and co-operation between The Palestinian Authority, Israel and the United Nations.
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Study by Awny Naim, Roberto Minutolo, Simona Signoriello, Paula Manduca
Academics across Europe express outrage at Israeli/US pressure on EU
Over 500 academics, including researchers from 13 European Union member states, have today written to the EU's head of Foreign Policy, urging the EU not to water down its new guidelines preventing EU funding from being awarded to Israeli projects and entities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.
The Israeli military operations in Gaza don't have only the immediate effect, but also a long-term one: the use of weapons containing phosphorus and uranium, as well as other toxic metals, leave contaminating elements in the ground for many years. Since 2006 and, even more, after the operation Cast Lead, these contaminants have triggered an increase in birth defects and late miscarriages.
Gaza is under attack and in need of medical support. Many children injured, many the difficulties of managing the emergency, and very black forecasts. The children were among the first victims, hit while playing football, and already more than once since November 8. Others in their parents' lap, others wounded.