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Gaza: stories of loss and survival

13-year-old Mohammed Abu-Hussain’s father was killed by an Israeli rocket fire during the 2006 war in Gaza

Gaza: stories of loss and survival

9 August 2018, Gaza — Since the start of the demonstrations in Gaza on 30 March, 162 Palestinians have been killed and 17,259 injured as of 30 July, mainly as a result of live ammunition gunshot wounds and gas inhalation.

While many of those injured were treated and discharged at WHO-supported trauma stabilization posts near the frontlines, more than 9,000 patients required hospitalization, including 1,487 children. Critical injuries have left hundreds of men, women and children with amputated limbs, permanently paralyzed, or in need of limb reconstruction, requiring up to seven surgeries and years of rehabilitation. Many of them will be unable to receive the treatment they need due to limited access to health care outside Gaza.

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WHO responds to growing health needs in Gaza

Injured man carried on stretcher during Gaza demonstrations

WHO responds to growing health needs in Gaza

Gaza, 19 July 2018 – In response to increasing violence in Gaza, WHO is scaling up its response by providing life-saving medicines and medical supplies to hospitals and frontline trauma stabilization points. Since the start of demonstrations on 30 March, 148 Palestinians have died and 16 496 have been injured. To date, 500 000 emergency and trauma patients have been treated with supplies from WHO’s recent delivery of medicines, assistive devices and medical equipment. 

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