Charity highlights decline in health in Gaza

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 23 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1088
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1London

    A survey of patients in hospitals and clinics throughout the Gaza strip has indicated that public health is suffering as a result of the combined effects of military incursions and the embargo on international aid.

    Conditions in Gaza, one of the world's most densely populated areas, have deteriorated sharply since April, when the electoral victory of Hamas led foreign governments to suspend aid to the Palestinian Authority.

    A survey conducted by the aid charity Médecins du Monde in June highlighted widespread poverty, growing mental health problems, and a rising prevalence of diarrhoea among children.

    Days after that survey Palestinian militants seized an Israeli soldier from a border post, triggering Operation Summer Rain, a series of military incursions into the Palestinian territories. In addition to recovering the kidnapped soldier, Israel seeks to …

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