Skip to comments.Gaza doctors' hearts break as health care collapses under Israeli attack
Posted on 07/12/2014 4:46:50 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
This baby was injured because she was firing rockets!!!
Doctors in Gaza did not need to read a warning from the World Health Organization to know that their health care system was collapsing under Israeli attack.
Hospitals were overwhelmed by hundreds of casualties, including small children.
It was getting worse every day, and Egypts refusal to open its border made things worse still.
"The recent escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip raises concern about the ability of the government and the Ministry of Health of the occupied Palestinian territory to cope with the increased burden of medical emergencies on the health system, given the high levels of shortages of medicines, medical disposables and hospital fuel supplies, and rising healthcare debt," WHO said in a statement.
WHO also said, A hospital, three clinics and a water desalinization center in a refugee camp have also been damaged. More airstrikes and missile attacks are likely.
On Thursday evening, Israel fired four bombs at the fourth floor of Al Wafa rehabilitation hospital in al-Shujaiyya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City, wrecking the hospital.
"The response and preparedness of the health sector is at very low level, and we are concerned about a possible collapse of health services. We are making an urgent appeal for $40 million to support the Ministry of Health in providing essential supplies for health care sufficient for six months," said Dr. Ala Alwan, WHO regional director for the Eastern Mediterranean.
In the same context, the French medical organization Doctors Without Borders also warned on Friday that the response to emergency needs at hospitals in Gaza could worsen quickly "due to already existing chronic shortages of drugs and disposables."
Meanwhile, the United Arab Emirates pledged to send at least $25 million in humanitarian aid to Gaza as Israeli airstrikes continue, AFP reported Thursday.
UAE's state news agency WAM said that the Emirate Red Crescent will supervise the delivery of the aid and will also set up a field hospital in the Palestinian territory "to help the victims of the Israeli aggression."
On his side, Robert Turner, the director of operations in Gaza at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, confirmed that his organization on Thursday declared a state of emergency in all five areas of its operations in the densely populated Gaza Strip.
UNRWA is ready to provide whatever emergency assistance it can, should the situation deteriorate even further, Turner said. He also urged all parties to exercise restraint to prevent further escalation of the situation.
Turner said dozens of Palestinians have been killed and injured "as a result of the apparently deliberate targeting of residences."
That included Dr. Anas Abu al-Kas, who was killed for treating suspected Hamas fighters.
According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, as of 6 p.m. Friday, Israel had killed 114 people and injured 826 since beginning its military operation in Gaza.
The world must be confused. No deaths in Israel and more than 100 in Gaza. Some reports said hundreds of rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza, others said thousands.
But with no deaths in Israel, was this response proportional?
saleh1966 is based in Gaza, Ġazzah, Palestine, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
Children died during allied bombings of Nazi Germany too. Cute children. Lots of them. It still had to be done.
“But with no deaths in Israel, was this response proportional? “
A proportional response is a concept contrived by liberals to try to trick the superior force into using losing tactics. There is no place for proportional responses in warfare. Every response should be devastating and overwhelming.
And in Anzio, Nagasaki, Okinawa, Pyongyang, Hanoi and thousands of other places.
“According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, as of 6 p.m. Friday, Israel had killed 114 people and injured 826 since beginning its military operation in Gaza.”
Well, that’s just the way life is sometimes...
That's because Israel has defensive weapons as in Iron Dome, without that system the Israeli death would be in the hundreds if not more..
The one and only reason children are dying in gaza is because Hamas is stockpiling their weapons where civilians are...
Since when is war supposed to be proportional?
Gee, did we stop bombing Germany when it got proportional?
Gaza started it, Israel will finish it...
Maybe if they stopped manufacturing and buying and firing rockets things would improve.
Was this pic taken by green helmet guy? I see lots of bandages, no visible trauma, a couple IV needles in the hand, one in the arm. NO IV RUNNING? Call me callous but we’ve all seen the propaganda photos by Hamas and Hezb’Allah.
It’s Egypt’s fault!
I think Israel is acting today because the number of iron drones are shrinking.
Geezzz, then don’t fire rockets into Israel....
Spit in a cops face, see how "proportional" the response you get is.
But the Israel's enemies and the world will wave this around to build support for the dictatorial, terrorist regimes who want to destroy Israel and against Israel, the only democratic nation in that region who just want to be left alone.
War is hell, doctor.
You should remember that before you start one.
As President Netanyahu said, the difference between the two countries are: Israel shields its citizens, Hamas/Palestinians, use their citizens as shields.
The Muslims are heartless when it comes to using their people for propaganda.
Cute little children...whose mommies and daddies brought Hitler to power that all ended with millions of cute children gassed for not being German.
I’m with you.Every once in a while I’ll find myself feeling some level of compassion for these”people”.Then I remember the poor folks jumping from the towers to escape the flames and I come back to reality.F the lot of them.
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