WHO Says Nearly 200,000 Palestinians Need Health Aid After Gaza Conflict

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The World Health Organization (WHO) Wednesday warned of “staggering health needs” within the occupied Palestinian Territories after final month’s battle between Israel and Islamist group Hamas. 

“WHO is scaling up its response to provide health aid for almost 200,000 people in need across the occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT),” which incorporates the West Bank, WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean regional workplace stated in a press release.

“The situation is volatile. WHO remains concerned… and calls for unhindered access for humanitarian and development-related essential supplies and staff into Gaza and referral of patients out of Gaza whenever needed,” warned the WHO’s Rik Peeperkorn.

Tensions between Israel and the Palestinians spiralled into an 11-day trade of rocket hearth from Gaza and devastating Israeli air strikes final month.

Israeli strikes on the enclave killed 254 Palestinians, together with 66 kids, in addition to some fighters, authorities there say.

Fire from Palestinian militants claimed 12 lives in Israel, together with one baby, an adolescent and an Israeli soldier.

“Over 77,000 people were internally displaced and around 30 health facilities have been damaged” within the hostilities, the WHO assertion stated.

Israel has enforced a land and sea blockade on Gaza since Hamas seized management in 2007 of the impoverished and densely populated territory that’s residence to about two million Palestinians.

Egypt’s closely secured Rafah crossing is Gaza’s solely passage to the surface world not managed by Israel.

“Palestinians’ lives are deteriorating; many of the people affected by the conflict are in urgent need of aid and face other health threats like Covid-19,” Peeperkorn stated.

The international wholesome physique stated that as of May 31, “337,191 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 3,765 deaths have been reported in OPT, with positive cases increasing in Gaza in recent weeks”.

It stated that final month it launched an attraction for $7 million to assist shore up its well being operations within the Palestinian Territories, however had solely acquired $2.3 million.

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WHO Says Nearly 200,000 Palestinians Need Health Aid After Gaza Conflict

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