Gaza has severe trauma and medical needs: United Nations
WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris said a total of 8,538 people were injured in Palestinian areas during the violence and 30 health facilities in Gaza were damaged.
The World Health Organization has identified “significant trauma needs” in Palestinian areas, where at least 243 people have been killed during 11 days of fighting between Palestinians and Israelis.
WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris said a total of 8,538 people were injured in Palestinian areas during the violence and 30 health facilities in Gaza were damaged – one dispensary completely destroyed and one another with significant damage. She said damage to infrastructure was preventing ambulance access.
The comments at a UN briefing in Geneva came as aid workers assessed the fallout from the latest fighting between militant Hamas fighters and Israeli forces.
Fabrizio Carboni, regional director for the Near and Middle East at the International Committee of the Red Cross, estimated that there were “several hundred” unexploded ordnance strewn in Gaza and said medical supplies were urgently needed. .
Matthias Schmale, director of UNRWA for Gaza, the United Nations aid agency for Palestinian refugees, on Friday cited a “window” of several hours during which aid and supplies could be channeled through the Kerem Shalom crossing point in Gaza.
Speaking by video from Gaza City, he noted that a central lab that performs tests for COVID-19 had been “rendered dysfunctional by a massive bomb explosion.” Referring to a ceasefire that took effect overnight, he said it “looked like a fragile ceasefire” and lamented the “unbearable and unacceptable cost it had for the population. civil. And I know this also applies to people in Israel.