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Endless airstrikes push COVID-hammered Gaza hospitals to brink
ANAS BABA / AFP via Getty Images Hospitals in the Gaza Strip were suffocated long before the latest bombing by Israeli forces. But now health officials face the impossible task of dealing with the growing number of citizens injured in relentless attacks on the Gaza Strip, in addition to the COVID-19 crisis that has killed nearly 1,000 people and infected up to 100,000 residents of the enclave, healthcare workers in Gaza are tasked with treating some 500 injured in a barrage of airstrikes on the strip in recent days. “The situation here is very difficult, I cannot describe the horror in words,” a Red Crescent worker in Gaza told Haaretz on Thursday. Israeli strikes wiped out 21 media outlets in Gaza this week, claims Non-ProfitGaza’s healthcare system has long been plagued by shortages of medical supplies, doctors and electricity. like a crumbling infrastructure. The pandemic has been particularly hard on Gaza’s estimated 2 million residents, with researchers saying infection rates are vastly underreported and that the Israeli siege of the enclave has further exacerbated the COVID crisis. The European University Institute in Florence told Al-Jazeera in February. “And that has a major impact on the ability of people to comply with foreclosure measures when it means losing their already limited sources of income.” Added to the COVID crisis in Gaza is a lagging vaccination rate. Although Israel’s vaccination campaign has been one of the most successful in the world, less than 1% of Palestinians have been fully vaccinated. Israeli officials have faced a barrage of criticism for failing to expand their vaccination efforts to Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. Current violence is sweeping the area, with Israeli airstrikes hitting building after building and the Hamas militant group firing hundreds of rockets on Israel – killed at least 83 Gazans, including 17 children. On the Israeli side, five civilians died. Bibi promises Hamas will pay a heavy price for rocket fire According to local media, doctors in Gaza are reporting serious shortages of blood and hospital beds. , the hospital beds are fully occupied and I fear they will be forced to evacuate or release these patients to provide urgent care to the injured, ”a doctor from Doctors for Human Rights told Haaretz. . “Treating the injured will overload the medical system, and the system for treating patients with COVID-19 is also likely to reach the point of collapse.” The influx of patients doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Thursday that the enclave would see “many, many more targets” hit in the days to come. Meanwhile, hospitals in Gaza continue to grapple with the now double burden of a devastating pandemic and a seemingly endless stream of injured citizens. Register now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves deeper into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.