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Gaza doesn’t have the medical supplies to deal with the injured, Red Crescent says

May 20, 2021 at 3:43 pm

Search and rescue works are conducted after airstrikes by Israeli army hit residential buildings in Gaza on 16 May 2021 [Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency]

Gaza’s medical teams are unable to sufficiently treat those wounded in Israeli air strikes because the Strip lacks the necessary medical equipment and drugs, the Director of the Palestine Red Crescent, Bashar Murad, warned yesterday.

“We have to deal with a large number of victims,” Murad told Russia Today. “The situation in Gaza is very bad, and we are under siege. We do not have the freedom to leave Gaza, and we are facing a shortage of medicines and medical equipment is broken.”

Israel’s bombing campaign has led to thousands of injuries, he added, and has further exacerbated the electricity cuts and shortage in medical equipment.

“We have lost some vital issues, like health services for COVID-19. We ask for help for Gaza but still we have received no humanitarian aid from outside,” Murad added.

Since 10 May, Gaza has been witnessing successive Israeli air raids which have killed more than 230 people, including 65 children, and injured over 1,700.

READ: 65 Palestinian children killed in Israel bombing of Gaza