With a fresh spike in the number of coronavirus infections, Gaza is yet again facing the very real prospect that its healthcare system will be overwhelmed.
Gaza is not just fighting a global pandemic. Under an Israeli blockade and successive military attacks since 2007, the coastal strip is fighting one of the highest levels of poverty and unemployment in the world as well as a crumbling infrastructure, including in its health sector.
A severe shortage of medicine and medical equipment that is directly linked to the Israeli siege could, combined with the ravages of a pandemic, threaten the health service with complete collapse.
Source: Electronic Intifada. Read the full report: https://electronicintifada.net/content/lancet-censors-gaza-health-letter-after-pro-israel-pressure/31371
Israel’s obligations to the residents of the Gaza Strip in light of the spread of COVID-19: Gisha_Adalah_Mezan_letter_April_2020_Israeli_obligation
The situation in Gaza: coronavirus Gaza Sept 28th
Source: Palestinian Ministry of Health