NEWS DESK | While clashes erupted in the West Bank over the course of this week, a special delegation of medical professionals is proving that two sides can come together to achieve a common goal. Our Emily Rose has the story.
Israeli doctors at Israel’s Tel Hashomer hospital are training a special delegation of doctors from the Gaza Strip.
While they come from two opposite sides of a volatile border, today they have a common goal — treating the wounded.
‘As much as you invest in Gaza, money and aid, it won’t be enough. You’d have to continue investing for three or four years in order to solve the problem,’ Gazan Dr. Iyad Abu Shrir said.
The humanitarian situation in Gaza is devastating, as Gazans go without power for hours at a time and must make due with water that is mostly undrinkable, making it even harder for doctors to treat patients.
The March of Return protests along Israel’s Gaza border have led to a spike in casualties and heavier burden on Gazan doctors.
‘There have been days in the past with hundreds of injured people and even the Israeli medical system would have hard time dealing with that,’ Professor Raphi Waldon, President of ‘Doctors for Human Rights’ explained.
Gaza also suffers from a lack of medical professionals. ‘Due to the harsh conditions that Gazan doctors face, many have left their posts,’ Gazan Dr. Rami Shtiwe said.
Despite the conflict, these medical professionals are working together, committed to saving lives.
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