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Medecins Sans Frontieres calls for Israel to stop striking civilians in Gaza

July 21, 2014 at 7:02 pm

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has called on Israel to halt its aggression against the Gaza Strip, noting it is complicating efforts to provide medical care to casualties.

In a statement published on its website on Sunday, MSF said that most of the victims of Israeli fire are civilians. It also said that Israeli forces target paramedics.

“The majority of the dead and wounded in Gaza are civilians and medical workers are also coming under fire,” the statement said.

The organisation also said it had witnessed two paramedics, who were killed and two others who were injured whilst trying to rescue wounded from Sheja’ia. It said that an MSF vehicle came under fire as an Israeli attack took place just about 300 metres away.

“A clearly identified MSF vehicle escaped an air strike 300 metres away,” MSF statement said. It added that the Israeli authorities had promised secure movements for the organisation from the Erez border crossing to Gaza City.

In addition, MSF cited its field coordinator in Gaza, Nicolas Palarus, who said: “the United Nations shelters are now overcrowded and hygiene conditions are extremely worrying.”