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NGO denounces Israeli campaign against Gaza’s health system

Ramallah, Apr 22 (Prensa Latina) The Israeli Armed Forces carried out 73 monthly attacks against the health sector in Gaza in the last six months, the highest number in recent conflicts in the world, as reported by Save the Children Non-governmental Organization (NGO).

The NGO detailed that Since October 7th of last year, there have been 435 Israeli attacks against the health sector in the Strip, which exceeds the number of attacks per month in all other war-torn countries since 2018, including Ukraine.

Such crimes are not only reported in Gaza but also in the West Bank, where 369 attacks have been recorded since October 7th, the NGO detailed.

Save the Children explained that the World Health Organization classifies an attack as any case of violence or obstruction that interferes with the provision of or access to services during emergencies, including psychological threats and intimidation of patients and workers.

“Six months of constant bombing, siege and obstruction of aid deliveries annihilated the health system in Gaza,” the NGO criticized, citing data from the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, according to which only 11 of 36 hospitals in the territory are functioning partially.

Some 350,000 people suffering from chronic diseases in Gaza cannot access vital medicines, supplies and services, it said.

“We have recently seen an influx of children from other hospitals with wounds and missing limbs, often needing skin grafts and multiple operations, but even getting simple things like strong pain relievers is a big challenge,” said nurse Becky Platt.

“I have seen more icterus in the last two weeks than in my entire career,” said Simon Struthers, a pediatrician at the Rafah city field hospital. “We see acute respiratory infections, cases of malnutrition, scabies, hepatitis A, we treat many children with acute gastroenteritis, a type that is transmitted through the fecal route,” he said.

The NGO also accused Israel’s soldiers of attacking ambulances, medical aid convoys and access roads.

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