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Health

Mahar’s Story

by Julie Webb-Pullman

Mahar Hamid Sheikh-Khalil, 7 years old, from Shujeiyah

Mahar Hamid Sheikh-Khalil, 7 years old, from Shujeiyah

Mahar Hamid Sheikh-Khalil is seven years old. She used to have a mother and father, three sisters and a brother, grandparents, aunts and uncles.

She used to play with her brother and sisters and their cousins, scampering about the yard or on the roof, sometimes in the street with the neighbours’ kids. She used to walk, and skip and jump. She used to run up the stairs from her grandmother’s on the ground floor to her family’s apartment on the top floor. The same stairs that on July 20 crushed her family, along with their hopes and dreams. (more…)


MOH Gaza Update 1900 hours 27/07/2014

The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 1900 hours on Sunday July 27, 2014.

Deaths: 1,031 – 236 children, 93 women 18-60 years, 47 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 6,233 – 1,949 children, 1,169 women 18-60 years, 257 over 60 years.
ICU: 115 patients

Statisitics 27-7-2014_E (400 x 571) (more…)


MOH says Gaza’s hospitals confronting new crisis

PRESS RELEASE
Ministry of Health Gaza
July 27, 2014

Displaced families in makeshift tents in Shifa Hospital grounds

Displaced families in makeshift tents in Shifa Hospital grounds

Hospitals in Gaza are confronting a new crisis, as patients ready for discharge are unable to leave, taking up hospital beds urgently required for the incoming wounded.

The situation for many of these patients is dire: either their families have been killed or there is no-one to care for them, their homes have been destroyed, or they live in areas under Israeli orders to evacuate and are under threat of being shot if they return.

Several attacks on UNRWA schools serving as shelters for displaced persons have left these already traumatised and still-vulnerable victims too distrustful to accept them as a discharge option. In addition, the over-crowded and under-resourced conditions in the shelters are an unsuitable environment for the recuperating injured, with limited water, hygiene and electricity supplies. (more…)


Stop Israeli attacks, pay health staff, says Gaza MOH

Press Release
Gaza Ministry of Health, Palestine
July 26,2014

How many bodies still lie beneath Shujeiyah rubble?

How many bodies still lie beneath Shujeiyah rubble?

Stop Israeli attacks, pay health staff

Beit Hanoun
Last night Beit Hanoun Hospital came under heavy Israeli shelling while 80 people, including medical staff, three patients, two International Solidarity Movement volunteers, and many civilians were trapped terrified inside. One Swedish activist received cuts to the head, and another person received minor injuries, although the hospital was severely damaged.

Numerous calls for help throughout the afternoon and evening by the Deputy Minister of Health Gaza to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) were fruitless. Intervention by the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry eventually achieved an undertaking by Israeli military after midnight not to fire directly upon the hospital. All those inside were finally evacuated to safety this morning under the aegis of the Ministry of Health after the commencement of the 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire.

Beit Hanoun is the second Gazan hospital to have been evacuated and completely closed down in 48 hours due to damage from Israeli strikes, the other being Al Durrah paediatric Hospital in Gaza City, where a toddler in the intensive care unit was killed on Thursday night.

The ceasefire also allowed the retrieval of bodies from beneath the rubble of buildings destroyed overnight during the heavy bombardment of Beit Hanoun; 32 bodies have been found at this time. (more…)


URGENT: ISM volunteers in Gaza trapped in Beit Hanoun Hospital

PRESS RELEASE
ISM

At 19:00 Beit Hanoun Hospital was hit by an Israeli tank shell. Inside the hospital are 61 medical staff, civilians, three patients and two ISM volunteers Charlie Andreasson and Fred Ekblad from Sweden, who are all trapped inside.

Israeli soldiers are in the area, approximately 150 meters behind the hospital. Gunfire can be heard in the area. (more…)


MOH Gaza Update 1900 hrs 25/07/2014

The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 1900 hours on Friday July 25, 2014.

Deaths: 848 – 208 children, 82 women 18-60 years, 40 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 5,694 – 1,779 children, 1,112 women 18-60 years, 203 over 60 years.
ICU: 112 patients

Statisitics 25-7-2014_E (400 x 571) (more…)


Medical facilities, personnel a red line, says Gaza MOH

Press Release
Gaza Ministry of Health, Palestine

Two Palestinian girls run past a damaged ambulance in Gaza

Medical Facilities and personnel are a red line

The Ministry of Health Gaza strongly condemns two Israeli attacks on Gazan medical facilities and personnel in the last 24 hours.

The first resulted in the destruction of Al Durrah Children’s Hospital in Gaza City last night. A two year-old child in the Intensive Care Unit was killed, and 30 others injured.

The second was an attack this afternoon on an ambulance with two paramedics inside in Beit Hanoun, North Gaza. One was killed, and the other critically injured. (more…)


MOH Gaza Press Release: International human shields to protect Shifa Hospital

Press Release
Gaza Ministry of Health, Palestine

Al Aqsa Hospital after Israeli attacks

Al Aqsa Hospital after Israeli attacks

Individuals from Spain, Sweden, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, New Zealand, Australia and Venezuela today began a constant protective presence at the al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, in response to increasing attacks on medical facilities and personnel by the Israeli military.

One of Gaza’s hospitals has been totally destroyed, a paediatric hospital so severely damaged it is unusable, and another six have been severely damaged. Four health professionals have been killed and 14 injured. Two medical clinics and 14 ambulances have been completely destroyed, and seven other clinics have been damaged. (more…)


MOH Gaza Press Release: UNRWA school, ambulances attacked

Press Release
Gaza Ministry of Health, Palestine

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The Ministry of Health Gaza expresses its horror and outrage at the latest Israeli massacre a short while ago at an UNRWA school sheltering displaced persons in Beit Hanoun. 15 people have been killed and 70 wounded.

This follows hard on the heels of yesterday’s massacre in the governate of Khan Younis.

In the farming village of Khuza’a at least 25 civilians are believed dead and 16 wounded. Two thirds of the homes have been destroyed and 60 percent of the population has fled, while the rest are prevented from leaving by ongoing attacks and sniper fire.

Israeli tanks and special forces are currently surrounding emergency vehicles and ambulances seeking to retrieve the dead and wounded, and have seized some of the critically-wounded victims. (more…)


MOH Gaza Update 1900 hours on 23/07/2014

The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 1900 hours on Wednesday July 23, 2014.

Deaths: 681 – 166 children, 67 women 18-60 years, 37 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 4,519 – 1,375 children, 788 women 18-60 years, 182 over 60 years.
ICU: 104 patients

Statisitics 23-7-2014e (420 x 600) (more…)


MOH Press Release: Another massacre, this time in Khan Younis

Ministry of Health Gaza
July 23, 2014

People fleeing by whatever means they can

People fleeing by whatever means they can

Another massacre is underway in Khan Younis, where relentless Israeli shelling and sniper fire are wreaking death and destruction on all that moves in the zone east of Khan Younis city.

The villages of Khuza’a, Al Fukhari, Abasan Alkabir, Abasan Al Sa’ir, Jarara, and Bani Suhela received no warning of the attacks, and no warnings to evacuate before the bombardment began at around 11pm last night.

The intensity of Israeli shelling around the Algerian Hospital in Abasan Alkabir shattered its windows, and led to its evacuation, leaving only the emergency department operational.

Despite residents’ frantic calls to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for help in finding a safe route and safe vehicles to escape, the ICRC was unable to get a response from Israeli authorities until dawn today, when five bodies and 17 injured were retrieved and taken to Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis.

An unknown number of dead and injured remain behind, as ambulances are prevented access. Read more HERE


PRESS RELEASE
Ministry of Health Gaza

child

The Ministry of Health in Gaza is disappointed that US Secretary of State John Kerry has pledged to give a paltry USD $47 million in humanitarian aid to Gaza, while at the same time providing over 3 billion a year to Israel for the very weapons being used to create the crisis.

The brutal Israeli military assaults of the past two weeks, largely funded or equipped by the United States, have now killed 605 Palestinians and injured 3,805, over 76 percent of them in their homes.

Six hospitals and seven health clinics have been attacked, some multiple times, completely destroying one clinic and forcing the complete evacuation of two hospitals. The Blood Bank, ambulance stations and ambulance services have also been targeted, and 12 ambulances have been destroyed since July 6. (more…)


MOH Gaza Update 1900 hrs 22/07/2014

12 killed and 40 wounded when this Gaza City apartment block was targeted by an Israeli missile

12 killed and 40 wounded when this Gaza City apartment block was targeted by an Israeli missile

The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 1900 hours on Tuesday July 22, 2014.

Deaths: 622 – 160 children, 66 women 18-60 years, 35 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 3,993 – 1,213 children, 698 women 18-60 years, 161 over 60 years.
ICU: 104 patients (more…)


MOH Gaza Press Release: Another Israeli attack on a hospital, another war crime

PRESS RELEASE
MINISTRY OF HEALTH GAZA

What is left of the emergency room at Al Aqsa hospital (MEE- Eloise Bollack)

What is left of the emergency room at Al Aqsa hospital (MEE- Eloise Bollack)

July 21, 2014

The Ministry of Health Gaza strongly condemns today’s attacks on health facilities and personnel by the Israeli occupation forces, and expresses its deep concern at the serious implications for patients, health personnel and provision of critical medical care.

Israeli tanks attacked Al Aqsa hospital in Deir Al Balah three times this afternoon, killing five patients and doctors, and injuring more than 70.

The third and fourth floors, housing the emergency department, orthopaedic department, surgical department, and the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) were destroyed. Operating theatres had to cease work because of the lack of oxygen. (more…)


Ministry of Health Gaza Update 19/07/2014

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The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 1800 hours on Saturday July 19, 2014.

Deaths: 338 – 83 children, 24 women 18-60 years, 18 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 2,556 – 755 children, 463 women 18-60 years, 107 over 60 years.
ICU: 23 patients

Statisitics 19-7-2014 _ English (400 x 571)

Read more HERE


Send medical aid for Gaza, TO Gaza, says Gaza Deputy Minister of Health

PRESS RELEASE
Ministry of Health Gaza

Gaza hospitals working with grossly inadequate resources

Gaza hospitals working with grossly inadequate resources

We ask all international donors to provide emergency medical assistance for the Gaza crisis DIRECTLY to Gaza, to ensure the needed drugs & equipment are promptly received by those for whom they are intended – the Gazan victims of the criminal Israeli offensive. Transparent and accountable systems are in place for this to occur. Read more HERE


Ministry of Health Gaza Update 16/07/2014

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The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 1800 hours on Wednesday July 16, 2014:

Deaths: 213 – 46 children, 24 women 18-60 years, 13 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 1,623 – 474 children, 299 women 18-60 years, 56 over 60 years.
ICU: 21 patients (more…)


Press Statement: Palestinian Independent Commission for the Prosecution of Zionist Occupation Crimes against Palestinians

Statement issued from the Palestinian Independent Commission for the Prosecution of Zionist Occupation Crimes against Palestinians

July 13, 2014

The Israeli occupation forces have used internationally prohibited weapons against civilians in the current war on Gaza. The continuous targeting of civilians by the Israeli occupation forces is a systematic policy in the war against the Gaza Strip, which has been going on for seven consecutive days. This has led to an increase in the number of martyrs (167) and wounded (1123), many of who are women and children. (more…)


Ministry of Health Gaza Update 15/07/2014

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The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 1600 hours on Tuesday 15 July 2014:

Deaths: 192 – 39 children, 24 women 18-60 years, 11 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 1,481 – 422 children, 271 women 18-60 years, 51 over 60 years.
ICU: 21 patients

Read more here


The Gazan children behind the statistics

by Julie Webb-Pullman

Shaimah Al-Masri

Shaimah Al-Masri

Four year-old Shaimah was returning home from her aunt’s house with her mother, 17 year-old sister and 14 year-old brother Mohammed at midday. Suddenly a rocket from a drone directly targeted Mohammed, killing him instantly. As her mother ran to her son, another rocket slammed into her and Shaimah’s sister, killing them both.

Shaimah told her father, “A rocket killed my brother, then another one killed my mother and my sister, and I fell down on the ground.”

Shaimah suffered abdominal trauma, and has had major surgery to her spleen and liver. It is hoped she will make a full recovery.

Despite knowing what happened to her mother, she still calls for her, her aunt told me.

“I would like to send the Israeli’s a message,” she said. “As you love your children, so do we. As you do your best to protect your children, so do we. As your children can play and enjoy life, this is also the right of our children – to enjoy their innocent childhood.”

Read more here


Gaza hospitals in crisis, under attack

by Julie Webb-Pullman

Dr Nasr Al-Tatar

Dr Nasr Al-Tatar

Gaza’s hospitals are in crisis. No drugs, no disposables, no fuel to generate electricity. About the only thing they do have are staff and patients – and thanks to Israel’s current military offensive, there are plenty of the latter.

In the three days since Israel’s Operation Protective Edge was launched, over 250 injured Palestinians have presented for emergency treatment to services lacking such fundamental basics as trolleys and emergency department beds.

Patients arrive in ambulances, vans, private cars, taxis – however they can get there – and are then carried, assisted, or struggle to walk into the emergency department for treatment.

So far 23 percent of them have been children and 18 percent women. These civilians were invariably in or near their homes when destruction rained down on them. Read more here