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Border slaughter places Gaza on the brink of health collapse

The fringe hospitals are well above their capacity with the arrival of more than half a thousand gunshot wounds, a figure higher than that of the 2014 conflict

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Border slaughter places Gaza on the brink of health collapse
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Doctors at Shifa hospital, most important in capital of Gaza Strip, have been without sleep for more than 24 hours. A whole day without stopping to operate and attend to hundreds of wounded in yesterday's protest at border of strip for transfer of U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, in which killed 60 Palestinians shot by Israeli army-two or Palestinians mu They laughed this Tuesday on border between Gaza and Israel. Anor 2,400 has been injured. And like Shifa's, coastal enclave's medical centers are completely overwhelmed. "They were reaching 50 injured every hour, 25 times more than our usual capacity," explains Dr. Ayman Sabban, spokesman for central hospital, in one of fully collapsed downtown halls.

They've received more than 500 gunshot wounds. And although most have been reached in one or both legs and have severe wounds because ammunition used by Israeli army has a great ability to penetrate, re are 185 in a very serious state when receiving shots in area of lower belly and can have Important organs affected. They also need more operations in a hospital where blood is needed and where 50% of drugs and necessary medical equipment are lacking.

Operating atres and surgeons work at full capacity. Since war of 2014, re had been no similar situation in Central Hospital of La fringe. And even n re were so many wounded in same day, says Dr. Sabban. After intensity of yesterday's riots, Shifa's has become a field hospital.

Screening area of Shifa hospital, in capital of strip. J. C. SANZ

Bassem Karea, a 23-year-old policeman, waits re to be operated. He said that he had come as a civilian with several relatives to a demonstration in norrn area of Gaza. When he was 50 feet from fence, he was shot and fractured his leg by four places. "I've come to all protest marches in last seven weeks," he says in one of rooms where restrooms have had to place additional beds and stretchers. Yesterday, so many patients came in that some were waiting on ground.

As Karea, Ibrahim Sayef, is not one of those priority injuries. A 30-year-old unemployed, he says he was off a bus at Karni's old border crossing to participate in protests when he was shot on both legs. He's got a fracture and anor with big injuries. It was first time I went to se marches.

Gaza lives Anor day of protests this Tuesday, after massacre caused yesterday by Israel, deadliest day of conflict in four years. Gaza lives Anor day of protests this Tuesday, after massacre caused yesterday by Israel, deadliest day of conflict in four years. Hundreds of Palestinians have begun to manifest mselves in different parts of Palestinian territories to commemorate 70 anniversary of NAKBA, a day commemorating beginning of Palestinian exodus for creation of state of Israel. In anticipation of what may happen, hospital of Shifa has enabled a marquee area to be able to sift wounded by order of gravity.

In addition, a general strike has been convened in West Bank and East Jerusalem, on day of NAKBA (Arab Disaster), in which Palestinians recall seven decades of exile and loss of territory after birth of Israel. In Jerusalem This is being widely supported. This Tuesday, border has been declared a closed military zone and army has prevented hundreds of journalists from passing through two hours before letting m in.

The Palestinians are burying victims today, following violent clashes with Israeli army. The British government has requested this Tuesday an independent investigation of what happened. Yesterday was bloodiest day of Israeli-Palestinian conflict since summer war of 2014 in Gaza Strip. The Israeli army deployed hundreds of snipers responsible for majority of deaths and casualties. They also used tear gas against protesters.

Several Palestinians carry body of a 27-year-old man, dead yesterday during protests, during his funeral at Nusseirat. M. ABED AFP

Among victims of this Monday were eight children, including a baby, Leila Al Ghandur, a girl of just eight months who died after having inhaled tear gas during clashes between protesters and soldiers at border, as announced by Ministry of Palestinian Health. At moment it is not clear how far away girl and her family were from fence that separates Gaza from Israel.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has today urged all parties to exercise "maximum restraint" to prevent this Tuesday from repeating "horrific violence" that was experienced yesterday. "We are extremely concerned about what may happen today, a very emotional day for all, and in coming weeks. Urge to maximum containment. That's enough, "wrote High Commissioner, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on social networks.

But Israeli public security Minister Guilad Erdán considers that part of solution to current situation in Gaza Strip goes back to targeted assassinations of Hamas leaders, as Israel did during second Intifada (2000-2005). "We must go back to targeted killings, and Hamas leaders must go back to hiding underground and fear for ir lives," said Erdán in an interview with Daily ' Yediot Aharonot ', enl that he assured that time has come for leaders of Islamist movement , that Israel, United States, and or countries consider terrorist, "pay a personal price for organizing se terrorist attacks." "Hamas leaders, Yaya Sinwar and ors, talk of wishing to die near fence. Let m, "he said.

During last seven weeks, so-called great march of return has provoked massive demonstrations on border of Gaza Strip with Israel, which have so far been settled with more than one hundred dead and about 10,000 wounded in bullets. The army had warned gazatí population, through leaflets written in Arabic launched from airplanes, not to approach fence of separation. Combat units, special forces, intelligence services and snipers were sent to border to double existing military deployment.

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