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Gaza death toll hits 1,980 as dozens succumb to war wounds
Published Friday 15/08/2014 (updated) 16/08/2014 17:18
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Ministry of Health official warned Friday that the death toll in Gaza was expected to continue to rise as dozens succumbed to wounds sustained during the offensive and more bodies were recovered under the rubble of homes.

Healthy ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said that the death toll had hit 1,980 on Friday with at least 10,181 injured.

Dozens have been added to the death count despite a fragile calm maintained through back-to-back ceasefires in recent weeks.

Al-Qidra said that many of those injured are still in a critical condition, and are not expected to survive their wounds.

The low survival rate is also due in part to the continued lack of appropriate medical supplies and facilities for injured patients, while 18-hour daily power cuts and a lack of fuel for generators aggravate the condition of those hospitals still functioning.

The PLO estimates that that 17 hospitals and seven clinics were damaged during the assault, 10 hospitals and 44 primary health clinics were closed, 22 ambulances were damaged, and 83 health personnel injured, along with 19 health personnel who died in Israeli airstrikes.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a report on Thursday that supplies of medicine had managed to return to their June levels, when medicines were running at about 70 percent of their required volume due to the Israeli siege and Egyptian limitations on imports into Gaza.

This is a stark improvement from July, however, when the UN body said that "27 per cent of essential medicines and 52 per cent of medical disposables were at zero stock."

OCHA also said that bed occupancy in Gaza's surgical wards had fallen from 100 percent to 80 percent as hospitals obtained permission from Israel to transfer some patients to East Jerusalem and Turkey for care.

At the height of the Israeli assault in early August, patients were routinely doubling up in beds or sleeping on the floor due to the lack of space as well as the Israeli shelling of a number of hospitals, which drastically reduced available capacity across the Strip.

Despite the improvements, the inability of medical authorities to properly administer to the injured during the bombardment has had lasting effects being felt as the death toll rises rapidly in the days since.

The massive scale of the destruction of residential neighborhoods -- at least 16,800 homes were obliterated or severely damaged -- means that it could also take weeks to find all of the dead beneath the rubble.

Al-Qidra said that civil defense and ambulance crews were currently working around the clock to search for the many who are still reported missing in Gaza.

As the days pass, however, the possibility of finding survivors under the rubble was fading and the focus was on recovering bodies.

He added that the ministry's toll also kept increasing as many families had buried their dead without taking them first to the hospital, as these families had feared being targeted amid intense Israeli bombardment.
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1 ) Does not make sense / If that is true
15/08/2014 15:06
how can Jihad declare truth? Need to REVENGE SUCH BIG DEATH!!! This is NOT VICTORY THIS IS HUGE DEFEAT--HAMAS WILL NOT ACCEPT SUCH DEFEAT!

2 ) JoeFattal / USA
15/08/2014 17:13
@1) Hamas can seek their revenge for such big death by having their demands met. The lifting of the Gaza siege is one of them, the one that many countries try to break, the Turks with heavy casualties. Their deaths than will not go in vain.

3 ) Ivy gomez / Usa
15/08/2014 21:12
Isn't that a big concentration camp ?

4 ) Keo / Thailand
15/08/2014 21:34
Why are those injured that are still in a critical condition, and are not expected to survive their wounds. Not being treated by the Islamist Hamas?

5 ) linda ormond / scotland
16/08/2014 01:21
I have said over and over that this is a living hell for these poor people everyone has a basic human right to be free Israel should be tried for thousands of war crimes genocide murder of thousands of innocents, i wish so so much that I could do something to help it's barbaric and the world is watching why won't they stop????? of all the nations on earth the israelis would have been the ones to know how this feels shame on them and the leaders who could put a stop to this so sad x

6 ) Arnold / Canada
16/08/2014 01:37
Hamas has no choice but to make the best of the situation. The grumbling on the streets of Gaza will not be silenced unless through the mass arreat and murder of dissenters.

7 ) Outlier / USA
16/08/2014 02:15
All died in a conflict that should not have started and should not have endured except for Hamas' selfish agenda.

8 ) Yaacov benyamin ha-kohen / zion
16/08/2014 12:49
You brought it upon yourselves when all you in gazanistan went up against us jews. Enjoy your prison sentences, because you all certainly have not earned parole, just paradise

9 ) Knut / Norway
16/08/2014 16:55
1980 persons could have been alive to day if Hamas hadn't started it all. Why Hamas? Why again oppose Israel in a way that we all know will lead to retaliation? We in Norway love humanity and life! You chose death and destruction. Gaza is a wonderful place for life and growth - in peace? Choose peace and a future for your people. Get rid of Hamas as soon as possilble. Free Gaza from Hamas!
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