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A MSF team enters the Gaza Strip

On Friday, November 17, 2023

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On Tuesday 14 November, 15 MSF international and national staff entered the Gaza Strip from Rafah.

They will aim to support medical and surgical capacity in the Strip, where the healthcare infrastructure has collapsed, and medics are utterly exhausted.

The team is composed of medical personnel, with some coordination and logistical support. It will include surgeons, anaesthetists and intensive care specialists. They come from many different countries from all over the world.

They will be initially based in the southern part of the Strip. At a time when needs are huge and the healthcare system is overwhelmed, we have to look at every possibility to help. Of course, ensuring the safety of our staff is of the utmost importance and we realise that unless the bombing stops, we will face severe limitations in where we can go and what we can do. Unless a ceasefire is implemented, obtaining continuous and unhindered access to people across Gaza will remain a major challenge for our team.

Many of our Palestinian colleagues continue to work tirelessly in support of the local health authorities across Gaza, where people with horrific wounds and severe burns are flooding the hospitals as a result of the continuous bombing.
Delivery of humanitarian aid to the North of the Strip remains extremely difficult and dangerous due to the insecurity and the unpredictability of the bombardments and ground warfare.

“We do everything we can to alleviate suffering in this catastrophic situation. We insist on our call for a ceasefire as an indispensable condition to end the carnage and allow aid to reach those who need it.”

Christophe Garnier, Project Coordinator.


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