Two Palestinian Red Crescent ambulances were attacked in Beit Hanoun on 26 July, killing one worker and injuring three others. Photo: International Crescent of the Red Cross.29 July 2014 – The number of deaths rose sharply on 25 and 26 July as ambulance teams were able to enter areas to evacuate bodies during the 12-hour ceasefire, which had been previously inaccessible when violence was ongoing. 152 bodies were evacuated during the period. It is likely that some died from lack of access to medical treatment. Overcrowding and inadequate services for the 215 000 of displaced persons (OCHA) are a concern.
A total of 8 hospitals and at least 12 primary health clinics have been damaged in the violence. Five hospitals are closed and two partially due to damages incurred, and three others due to lack of security for staff and patients to access, reducing hospital capacity by 552 beds, almost 20% of total capacity in Gaza.
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30 July 2014 - A shipment of US$ 1.4 million in medical supplies for Gaza, procured by WHO with donations from Switzerland and Norway, arrived at the central drug store in Gaza on 29 July and was sorted for immediate distribution to Gaza hospitals through coordination with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The shipment of 37 pallets contained mainly surgical kits, IV fluids and medications.
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