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Gaza health ministry calls for urgent international assistance

Israeli security forces attack Palestinians with tear gas during the 'Great March of Return' in Khan Yunis, Gaza on 1 April 2018 [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency]

The Palestinian ministry of health in Gaza has called for urgent international assistance to meet the emergency situation in hospitals in the besieged Gaza Strip in the aftermath of the Israeli attack on protesters last Friday, Quds Press has reported.

Nineteen Palestinian protesters in Gaza were killed by Israeli forces and more than 1,500 others wounded during the peaceful Great March of Return, which started on Palestine Land Day.

Director of the International Cooperation Department in the Ministry of Health Ashraf Abu-Mhadi said: “Due to the large numbers of casualties, the ministry is in urgent need of more surgeons specialised in blood vessels, bones and emergency services.”

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Spokesman of the Ministry Ashraf Al-Qidra said: “This number of casualties causes confusion in the healthcare system… we are afraid Israeli forces will carry out more attacks during the upcoming demonstrations.”

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