© Aurelie Baumel/MSF
14 May 18
Mary-Elisabeth IngresMary-Elisabeth IngresFrenchCountry RepresentativePalestine

Gaza protests: "Our medical teams are working around the clock"

What happened today is unacceptable and inhuman. The death toll provided this evening by Gaza health authorities – 55 dead and 2,271 wounded, including 1,359 wounded with live ammunition – is staggering.

It is unbearable to witness such a massive number of unarmed people being shot in such a short time.

Our medical teams are working around the clock, as they have done since 1 April, providing surgical and postoperative care to men, women and children, and they will continue to do so tonight, tomorrow, and as long as they are needed.

"Most of the wounded will be condemned to suffer lifelong injuries."
Mary-Elisabeth IngresMSF country representative

In one of the hospitals where we are working, the chaotic situation is comparable to what we observed after the bombings of the 2014 war, with a colossal influx of injured people in a few hours, completely overwhelming the medical staff.

Our teams carried out more than 30 surgical interventions today, sometimes on two or three patients in the same operating theatre, and even in the corridors.

This bloodbath is the continuation of the Israeli army’s policy during the last seven weeks: shooting with live ammunition at demonstrators, on the assumption that anyone approaching the separation fence is a legitimate target.

A scene from a corridor of Al-Aqsa hospital, between the emergency room and the operating theatre.

Most of the wounded will be condemned to suffer lifelong injuries.

As new demonstrations are announced for tomorrow – Tuesday, when Palestinians will observe the “Naqba Day” – the Israeli army must stop its disproportionate use of violence against Palestinian protestors.

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MSF has deployed four surgical teams to three hospitals: two teams in Al-Aqsa hospital (Deir Al-Balah); one in Al-Awda hospital (Beit Lahya); and one in An-Najah (Rafah).

Earlier today, our teams also donated medical supplies, including external fixators, to two hospitals.

We continue to run four post-operative care clinics, providing care to patients who have undergone surgery, having been wounded during previous demonstrations. More than 800 wounded have been treated since 1 April.

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