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Operational Response for Gaza 2019: ongoing health response & 96-hour Contingency Planning

Conflict-related trauma remains a major burden of disease on the health sector in Gaza and since the mass demonstrations by Palestinians began on 30 March 2018, every week there is a growing number of injured people in need of urgent life and limb saving interventions. According to the latest information from the Health Cluster Situation Report issued on the 31st January, 261 people have been killed; and almost 28,000 injured by Israeli security forcesi.

Long term risks of increase in noncommunicable diseases in war aftermath: changes in reproductive health in Gaza and Palestine

Document determinants of reproductive and child health - assess the
changes in time, identify interfering environmental factors, prevent
damage and find remedies

 

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Reproductive Toxicology

Prevalence of preterm, low birth weight and birth defects increased significantly since 2011 in Gaza, Palestine. No change in known co-factors of reproductive health justified this rise. Two military attacks in 2012 and 2014 introduced novel risk factors for outcomes at birth: contamination by teratogenic and carcinogenic heavy metals weapon- remnants, ongoing impoverishment, and impaired rehabilitation of waste management. It was previously shown that mothers exposed to military attacks had higher metal load than those unexposed and mother’s heavy metals trans- pass placenta.

Fuel and Gazan hospitals: Israeli siege and the politics of permanent emergency

Last August we published a rapid response at bmj.com to publicise the cumulatively devastating effects upon Gaza’s health system of 12 years of Israeli blockade and their strategy of de-development and impoverishment of Gazan society. Israeli restrictions have produced chronic shortages of almost all essential medicines and hospital equipment, of fuel to run hospital generators, the cancellation of all elective surgery (affecting more than 6000 people), hospital closures, and many doctors and staff on reduced or no pay.

 

Will Europe use Israeli drones against refugees?

Europe’s coastal guards are examining whether Israel’s warplanes would be helpful tools in repressing refugees.

In September, the EU’s border management agency Frontex announced
the start of trial flights for drones in Italy, Greece and Portugal.
There was a major omission in the Frontex statement: the type of drones
being tested have been used previously to attack Gaza.

Elbit Selected to Provide Maritime UAS to the European Union Maritime Safety Agency

Elbit Systems announced on November 1st that it was awarded a framework contract to
provide maritime Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) patrol services to be
provided by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) to countries in
the European Union. The contract that will be executed in cooperation
with CEiiA is for a two-year base period and two single year option
periods. If fully ordered, the total contract value is €59 million
(approximately $68 million).

EU countries approve arms sales to Saudi, UAE worth 55 times aid to Yemen

Europe's arms sector is unaccountable and highly influential in the
corridors of power, with $86.7bn in approved sales to the Gulf since
2015.

 

Israeli Restrictions Add to Suffering of Gaza’s Cancer Patients

For the fourth time in two months, Nevin Abu El-Jidian failed to
cross the Erez checkpoint, which separates the Gaza Strip from Israel
and the West Bank. Israeli authorities asked her to come back again with
an updated radiograph of her breast cancer. “The officer told me I have
to go back to Gaza and take an updated one.” But, even then, passage
into Israel is not guaranteed, the officer told her.

Abdallah al-Qutati: Family and colleagues of third paramedic killed in Gaza speak out

In Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP)’s latest film, the family, colleagues and friends of 22-year-old first responder Abdallah al-Qutati, who was shot dead by Israeli forces last week, speak out about the circumstances of his killing and their demands for protection and accountability. Abdallah was the third health worker to be killed in Gaza since 30 March. 

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Gaza shootings: an orthopaedic crisis and mass disability

Further to Summerfield and colleagues’ correspondence on the situation in Gaza,12
I respond as head of plastic and reconstructive surgery in the country.
The death and injury toll is still rising—as at 18 May, 117 were dead,
including 13 children, and 12 271 injured. 6760 have been hospitalised,
including 3598 with bullet wounds. Nineteen clearly identified medics
have been shot.

 

Gunshot Gaza: hospitals struggle to treat surge in firearms injuries

New types of complex injuries in the
Palestinian territory are leading to lifelong disabilities as prompt
comprehensive care is beyond the scope of already fractured health
services, reports Jonathan Owen.

More than a thousand people in Gaza have been left with life changing
injuries after being shot by Israeli soldiers at demonstrations in the
past few months, doctors have said, leading to a medical emergency.

The maiming fields of Gaza

The BMJ reports on Gaza’s post-conflict health infrastructure.1
Since 30 March 2018, Palestinians civilians who have been living as
refugees in Gaza since 1948 have been gathering in mass, unarmed
demonstrations about their political predicament and the ongoing effects
of the 12 year long Israeli siege.

 

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Report on Return March by Palestinian Ministry of Health

Victims and injured during the Return March: we publish hereafter a report released by the Palestinian Ministry of Health:

OPCW Issues Fact-Finding Mission Reports on Chemical Weapons Use Allegations in Douma, Syria in 2018

THE HAGUE, Netherlands —6 July 2018—The Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), issued an interim report on the FFM’s investigation to date regarding the allegations of chemical weapons use in Douma, Syria on 7 April 2018.

The FFM’s activities in Douma included on-site visits to collect environmental samples, interviews with witnesses, data collection. In a neighbouring country, the FFM team gathered or received biological and environmental samples, and conducted witness interviews.

Palestinians injured during Gaza demonstrations: over 1,400 may suffer long-term disability

This article was contributed by the World Health Organization and the Disability Working Group

Although the number of casualties recorded during the ‘Great March of Return’ demonstrations in Gaza declined during June (see infographic), the health sector has continued to struggle with the cumulative caseload of serious injuries, particularly those requiring long-term rehabilitation.

 

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