Julie Webb-Pullman reports

Minister of Health calls for international intervention, emergency medical aid in Gaza

At a Press Conference outside Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City the Minister of Health Dr Mofed Al Makhalalaty called on the international community to immediately intervene to prevent another massacre of Gaza civilians, such as occurred during Operation Cast Lead four years ago.

Minister of Health Dr Mofed Al Makhalalaty outside Shifa Hospital tonight

Declaring a state of emergency, the Minister told journalists that ambulance crews, as well as emergency and operating rooms in Gaza have been on a high level of alert for the last week, but that the chronic shortage of medicines and supplies caused by the siege is being exacerbated by the numbers of injuries caused in today’s attacks.

He recalled that in one day during Operation Cast Lead, one month’s medical supplies were exhausted in only one day, and said if the situation deteriorates further they will not be able to cope.

He called on the international community and the Islamic world to send emergency aid to the Gaza Strip, especially medical supplies and drugs to deal with the injuries resulting from the Israeli attacks.

Shortly after the Press Conference, the head of an Egyptian delegation of pharmacists currently visiting Gaza, Dr Mohamed Abdel Gawad, announced that in the next 24 hours a delegation of surgeons will arrive from Egypt to provide any necessary assistance to Palestinian doctors.

Dr Mohamed Abdel Gawad said, “What hurts me and hurts my colleagues is that we as Arabs are not doing our duty towards you.”

At the time of writing, the death toll stood at 8, with 90 injuries, the vast majority of them civilians, and including many women and children.

2 responses

  1. Pingback: Gaza: Minister of Health call for international intervention | Egypt

  2. carl

    For over 60 years the Palastinian people have paid the ultimate price for the obscenity of the wests military proxy in the Middle East. Until we, the people that elect the Zionist supporters, realise what is being carried out in our names our hands will continue to be drenched in the blood of the innocents. Muslim, Jew, Christian and Athiest must unite to release our brothers and sisters from the hell they inhabit immediately. No excuses from our govenments. No crocodile tears from our polititians. No belief in the Israeli military lies. Palastine must be free. Now.

    November 14, 2012 at 10:07 pm

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