Israeli assault of flotilla highlights crippling effects of blockade on Gaza’s health care

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 04 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2975
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    The World Health Organization has renewed its call for the unimpeded supply of medicines, equipment, and medical staff to the Gaza Strip, after the assault by Israeli forces on a convoy of ships carrying humanitarian aid to the blockaded area earlier this week.

    “It is impossible to maintain a safe and effective healthcare system under the conditions of siege that have been in place now since June 2007,” said Tony Laurance, Head of office for the WHO in the West Bank and Gaza.

    Hundreds of items, procured by the WHO and other organisations, including the charity Care International and the Norwegian government, have been waiting to get to Gaza, where 1.5 million Palestinians live, for up to a year, said Dr …

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