WHO says Israel’s war in Gaza forces unnecessary amputations of Palestinians
The World Health Organization (WHO) said Israel’s war in Gaza has led to many amputations of Palestinians, even though the limbs could be saved, Germany’s DPA news agency reported.
There are many reasons for this, the WHO representative for the Palestinian Territories, Rik Peeperkorn, and the coordinator of the WHO emergency medical team, Sean Casey, said on Tuesday.
Both spoke to the press in Geneva via a video link from Jerusalem and Rafah in the south of the Gaza Strip.
The injured cannot reach hospitals earlier due to the ongoing war, said Casey. There is also a lack of specialists, such as vascular surgeons.
Hospitals are overcrowded and operating theatres are used for life-saving operations.
"I have never seen so many amputees in my life, also children," said Peeperkorn.
Casey reported from Rafah that recent amputees were begging in their beds for food or water.
Aid deliveries were not enough to reach everyone, especially in the northern region "Everybody says they are hungry," Casey said.
According to Peeperkorn, 15 of the 36 hospitals are currently partially functional. There are also three field hospitals.
The WHO representatives reiterated their demands for a ceasefire, as they have done for weeks, to provide humanitarian care for the population.
The Israeli regime waged the war on Gaza on October 7 after Hamas carried out the surprise Operation Al-Aqsa Storm against the occupying entity in response to the Israeli regime’s atrocities against Palestinians.
The United States and its Western allies have said they were still not drawing any red lines for Israel, which has killed more than 23,000 people, mostly women and children, during a yet-ongoing war against the Gaza Strip.