“We hear the bombings around us, day and night.” Talking is Katrien Claeysproject manager of Doctors Without Borders in the Gaza Strip, where the team supports local healthcare workers in treating blast injuries and burn victims. «In the last 48 hours, over 100 dead and over 400 injured have arrived at the emergency room of Al-Aqsa hospital. Some patients were taken immediately to the operating room.”
The truce ended a few days ago and the bombings resumed immediately, extending in particular to the southern area of Gaza, especially Khan Yunis. The South is the part where internally displaced people have moved to look for a safe place and are now being told to move even further south, towards Rafah, already exhausted and occupied by almost two million displaced people. Nowhere is safe, people don’t know where to go. «We are at Al Aqsa hospital», says Sohaib Safi, medical coordinator of Doctors Without Borders in Gaza. «This is the main hospital in this area and now also assists displaced people from northern Gaza. The situation here is terrible. The number of patients is huge. We are talking about over 600 patients, of which over 90% with open wounds, which require medications. There are many infections that need to be treated.”
«Every day, Israeli authorities order the evacuation of a new area, asking people to move to another city, further and further south”, says a displaced Doctors Without Borders staff member in Khan Younis. “Even during the truce, people were not allowed to return to their homes in the north. Only three or four neighborhoods remain accessible and they are all overcrowded». The current situation makes it almost impossible for the population to ask for and receive help, whether it be essential services, water, food, or healthcare. “In a military campaign that has lasted for weeks, with only a brief respite, the speed and scale of the bombing continues to reach the depths of brutality,” says Chris Hook of Doctors Without Borders. «Nearly two million people were left without options. The only solution is an immediate and lasting ceasefire and the unlimited supply of aid to the entire Gaza Strip.”.
Images of Al-Aqsa hospital
Source: Vanity Fair
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