Letter to the British Medical Journal: “Standing in solidarity with our medical colleagues in Gaza”
In the aftermath of the devastating 11-day Israeli bombardment of Gaza and the resultant exacerbation of the ongoing humanitarian crisis, we express solidarity with our colleagues in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and condemn the ongoing violation of human rights and contravention of UN resolutions by Israel. We call against a return to the ‘normality’ of occupation and blockade.
We mourn the loss of civilian life and our medical colleagues. Dr Ayman Abu Al-Auf, the head of internal medicine at Al-Shifa, the main hospital in Gaza, and the head of its coronavirus response, and Dr Mooein Ahmad Al-Aloul, Head of Neurology and one of Gaza’s few neurologists were killed. Access roads to Al-Shifa Hospital were bombed and the Hala al-Shawa Covid-19 testing and vaccination centre, the only one available in the whole of Gaza, was destroyed.
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From UK Palestine Mental Health Network:
“We mourn our esteemed colleagues, psychiatrist Dr Moen Alalul, psychologist Raja Abu Al-Auf and neurologist Dr Ayman Abo Elouf among those we have lost in the current aggression. See the section below ‘Attacks on Clinicians and Health Facilities’.”
A call to all mental health organizations from the USA, UK, Ireland, France and South Africa in solidarity with the Palestinian people
The Palestinian Gaza Strip is a 365 km2 piece of land on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean, inhabited by more than 2 million Palestinians. This open-air enclave has been under siege for the past 14 years, which has left the health system jeopardised by limited resources, failing equipment, and many essential drugs in dangerously low supply. This grim situation was worsened by the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, threatening health services with collapse. Beginning on May 9, 2021, the Israeli Government and Hamas launched a military offensive against one another, the severity of which for the Gaza Strip is believed to be the worst since 2014
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