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Gaza delays 4,000 surgeries due to increased demand

April 25, 2018 at 11:29 am

Due to the shortage of fuel, generators at seven health centres in the besieged Gaza Strip have stopped working [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

The Ministry of Health in Gaza has been forced to postpone 4,000 surgeries as a result of the increase in the number of Palestinians being injured by Israeli attacks on unarmed protesters taking part in the “Great March of Return”, Safa news agency reported yesterday.

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In a statement, the General Director of Gaza Hospitals Abdul-Latif Al-Haj said that many of the wounded in the “Great March of Return” needed complex surgeries.

Since the start of the peaceful sit-in of the “Great March of Return” on 30 March Israeli occupation forces have killed 41 Palestinians and wounded around 5,000 others, including 2,500 with live ammunition, most have needed urgent surgery.