November 2014, At Al Shifa Hospital – the largest hospital in Gaza – the twisted wreckage of an ambulance is displayed by way of memorial to three paramedics who died in the conflict. At Al Aqsa Hospital, there are gaping holes in the outside walls where paramedics tell me the building was hit. Several ambulances still operating have bullet holes in the windscreens.
I arrived in Gaza with the World Health Organization (WHO) nearly one month after the recent conflict ended. But the continuing impact on the health system, and on patients, is clear to me.