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Gaza: “No health system left,” says MSF

BMJ 2024; 384 doi: (Published 23 February 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;384:q484
  1. Mun-Keat Looi
  1. The BMJ

The healthcare system in Gaza is no longer functioning, the charity Médecins Sans Frontières has told the UN Security Council in a strongly worded speech.

In a briefing to the UN on 22 February,1 MSF’s secretary general, Christopher Lockyear, said, “There is no health system to speak of left in Gaza. Israel’s military has dismantled hospital after hospital. What remains is so little in the face of such carnage.

“The excuse given is that medical facilities have been used for military purposes, yet we have seen zero independently verified evidence of this . . . Instead of adherence …

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