Ambulance in Gaza with injured infant

Situation Report: Gaza Crisis, Issue 1, July 10, 2014

10 July, 2014 World Health Organization


After three days of violence, by mid-afternoon 10 July 2014, more than 80 persons have been killed (17 children; 16 females), and over 570 persons injured (120 children; 170 females), according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip, with scores of building destroyed or damaged. No Israeli casualties have been reported thus far. [The death toll has risen to over 100 after this was published by WHO. -ed]

Health workers and structures affected

Four health facilities and an ambulance were damaged after Israeli air strikes hit sites in their immediate vicinity:

The Gaza European Hospital suffered damage which injured one nurse and forced evacuation of the ICU and the paediatrics ward, after an air strike in the area caused the light ceiling in the ICU to fall. The eastern wall outside the hospital was also damaged.

The Foukhairy clinic in Rafah, in the south of Gaza, was badly affected and closed following an airstrike in a nearby area. In Jabalia refugee camp, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society’s Emergency Medical Service centre, including its primary health care (PHC) clinic was damaged in an air strike in nearby land.15 EMS workers and volunteers were injured slightly by debris, and 3 ambulances were damaged and disabled. The centre serves 50 000 people in the Jabalia area in the north of the West Bank.

Three paramedics were injured in Deir al Balah when the ambulance in which they were travelling passed a house as it was hit in an air attack.

In Gaza city, the Jamila al Ashy primary health care centre had windows and doors damaged from an air strike beside it, but the clinic remains functioning.

Attacks on health care services, providers and users during armed conflict, including occupation, violates international humanitarian law as well as international human rights law. States must also not carry out actions which jeopardize health access under any circumstances.

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