‘Fear, Anxiety, and Stress’ in Gaza

The WHO is scaling up its assistance to meet the “staggering” health needs of nearly 200,000 Palestinians after last month’s rocket attacks by Israel, AFP and The Times of Israel report.
The agency called for unimpeded access to the Gaza Strip for humanitarian supplies; the ability to transfer patients out of Gaza is also needed.
“Fear, anxiety and stress were the key words I heard repeatedly today,” ICRC chief Robert Mardini told Al Jazeera after visiting Gaza.

Key facts:

  • More than 240 Palestinians were killed and nearly 2000 wounded in the 11 days of rocket attacks. In Israel, 13 people were killed by rockets fired from Gaza.
  • More than 77,000 people have been displaced in Gaza, according to UN News. 30 health facilities were damaged.
  • The WHO provided trauma care and ambulance services for 2,000 injured Gazans.

The quote: “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”, said Rik Peeperkorn WHO Head of Office in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

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