Patients in Gaza’s hospitals organized a sit-in in central Gaza City to appeal to the international community, Quds Press reported Tuesday.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health organizes a protest in front of the Erez crossing to protest the closure of the Gaza Strip crossings in the face of Gaza patients and the wounded of #GreatReturnMarch pic.twitter.com/yYVzU3BWOv
— Shehab News (@ShehabAgencyEn) July 17, 2018
The sit-in included those wounded by Israel as well as rights groups. It took place in front of Erez Crossing where Gazans can pass through to receive treatment in Israel or Palestinian hospitals in West Bank.
Speakers at the sit-in said that Gaza’s hospitals suffer from shortages in medicines, lab equipment and testing materials due to the Palestinian Authority (PA) sanctions and Israel’s siege of the strip.
After closing #Rafah and Karm Abu Salem crossings , things are gonna get worse in #Gaza❤️??… Especially for cancer patients ??
Our silence is a crime ?#DeleteIsrael #ZionistTerroristOccupation #SaveGaza #انقذوا_غزة
#GroupPalestine #PalestinianRebels pic.twitter.com/P6m7K4q6i8
— #القصف_بالقصف تحيا حماس??? (@AmazighProPal) July 17, 2018
The patients called for the international community to save their lives by lifting the siege and sanctions.
Spokesman of the Ministry of Health in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qidra, called for an “immediate and unconditional end of the suffering of the Gaza patients.”
"Most of my patients are still going through a denial stage. It aches my heart when they woke up from Coma only to know that they can't afford Medicine or aid devices like wheelchairs and crutches," #visit to Al Amal #Hospital #physiotherapy #Gaza @ANERAorg pic.twitter.com/myJKGwoG36
— Rania Gaza (@raniajoudy) July 17, 2018
Al-Qidra said that Israel had killed 141 Palestinians and wounded 16,000 others during the protests of the Great March of Return. This put a heavy burden on the ministry of health and consumed most of the medical supplies.
(MEMO, PC, Social Media)