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Gaza hospitals face dire supply shortages


It’s not yet been a week since the latest conflict in Gaza began, but already the casualties on the Palestinian side are proving to be overwhelming for overstretched hospitals.

Since the initial Israeli air strike that killed Ahmad Jabari, head of Hamas’s Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, on November 14, Israel’s military said it has struck at least 800 targets, and Hamas has responded with 500 rockets.

The imbalance in military power between the two sides is evident by the number of dead and injured in Gaza versus Israel.

At least 39 Palestinians have been killed since the start of this latest round of fighting, with three Israelis killed in the same period. By Saturday afternoon, 13 Israelis had been injured – including 10 soldiers – compared to 350 Palestinians, 73 per cent of them children and elderly, according to a statement made at a press conference by Gaza police chief Taysee al-Batsh.

Coping with the injuries is taking its own toll on Gaza’s battered medical infrastructure.

According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, there are 24 medical centres in the Gaza Strip to serve apopulation of 1.7 million. Israel, in contrast, has 377 hospitals and a population of  roughly 7.93 million.

There are also 21 health centres run by United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza. Despite fighting, the clinics, which serve Palestinian refugees, were able to open and function on Saturday, although they were not fully staffed.

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Gaza hospitals face dire supply shortages

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