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Israeli-Palestinian conflict

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7333.361 (Published 09 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:361

Israeli-Palestinian conflict

  1. Samia O Halileh, assistant professor (samia@birzeit.edu)
  1. Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University, PO Box 14, Birzeit, West Bank, Palestine
  2. Vejle Hospital, DK-7100 Vejle, Denmark

    EDITOR—The most recent toll of injuries among Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the current Al-Aqsa Intifada is 32 849, or 9.9 per 1000 population.1 Data from just over a year ago show that of the 6071 injured from 28 September till the end of December 2000, 789 were expected to have permanent disability, a rate of 263 per month, or 13%. Similar rates have been noted by other sources. 2 3 This is equivalent to 7890 people becoming disabled every month in the United Kingdom.

    Analysis of the pattern of injuries in last year's data shows why the rate of disability is so high. People under 35 were most likely to be injured. Of the 6071 injured, 226 were aged 0-11 years, 1297 were aged 12-17, and 3535 were aged 18-34 compared with 414 aged 35-49 and 599 aged 50 or over. In addition, both the type of weapon used and the site of injury …

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