Gazan society is enduring its fifth health emergency in 12 years, and the biggest since 2014 (when Operation Protective Edge caused 2,200 deaths, destroyed 80,000 homes, and rendered 500,000 people homeless). (1) This time as before the main Shifa hospital has been overwhelmed – it received 1,948 wounded people, of whom 25% needed emergency surgery and intensive care. The Ministry of Health building, 9 hospitals, 19 clinics and the only Covid testing laboratory were all bombed and damaged or totally destroyed. (2) (3) (4) Targeting health facilities and staff is a breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Moreover health services continue to experience the debilitating effects of Israeli blockade, now 14 years old, which operates as a form of societal de-development.
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