Gaza: in numbers, over 10,000 killed, 1.5M internally displaced since Oct. 7

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GAZA — The Ministry of Health in Gaza has reported that the death toll has reached over 10,000, since October 7, with approximately 27,000 wounded.اضافة اعلان

In its daily report, the Ministry explained that out of the 10,022 casualties, 155 of them occurred in the Occupied West Bank, with over 2,000 wounded. 

Meanwhile, the report showed that 70 percent of the casualties have been children, women, and the elderly. Currently, doctors in Gaza are reporting that they are required to do surgical procedures without anesthesia, affecting not only those injured by shelling but also women undergoing cesarean sections, Hala reported. 

Furthermore, the Ministry points out that there are approximately 117,000 internally displaced persons, alongside medical and healthcare staff, as well as thousands of patients currently residing in healthcare facilities.

1.5 million Palestinians internally displaced in Gaza, 70 percent of the populationA staggering 1.5 million Palestinian citizens have been internally displaced in Gaza, constituting more than 70 percent of the population. Around 690,400 citizens are living in 149 emergency shelters established by UNRWA.

Refuge in hospitals, churches, and other public buildings
Additionally, 121,750 Palestinian citizens have sought refuge in hospitals, churches, and other public buildings, while another 99,150 have found shelter in 82 schools not affiliated with UNRWA. The remaining displaced individuals, totaling 600,000 people, have been taken in by host families. In recent days, approximately 150,000 citizens have moved to shelter centers in search of food and basic services.

15 percent of Gaza’s population have various disabilities
Tragically, 15 percent of the displaced individuals have various disabilities, and most of the shelter centers are inadequately equipped to meet their needs, raising the specter of a looming public health catastrophe amidst mass displacement and overcrowded shelters.

Residential buildings demolished in Gaza
The Ministry further reports widespread destruction, with approximately 35,000 residential units completely demolished and 165,000 units suffering partial destruction. Fifteen healthcare facilities and 51 primary healthcare clinics have been destroyed, along with 221 schools, including 38 that were completely razed. Furthermore, 42 UNRWA facilities, including places where the displaced took refuge, have been damaged. Seven churches and 52 mosques have also been affected by the ongoing shelling.

The health sector in Gaza has been targeted since Oct. 7
The health sector itself has not been spared, with 130 attacks, resulting in the loss of 192 healthcare workers, 36 civil defense personnel, and injuries to over 120. Fifty ambulances were damaged, including 32 rendered completely inoperable. Sixteen out of 35 hospitals in Gaza were forced to close, as were 51 out of 72 primary healthcare centers due to damage from shelling or fuel shortages. In northern Gaza, 24 hospitals were requested to evacuate, with a combined capacity of 2,000 beds.

Furthermore, 55 percent of healthcare sector partners have ceased operations due to extensive infrastructure damage, and ongoing aggression has led to the displacement of most healthcare workers. This has resulted in hospitals operating with less than one-third of the necessary capacity to treat the large number of wounded. Hospitals continue to suffer from a severe fuel shortage, leading to strict rationing and limited use of generators for essential functions only.

The ministry also highlighted the possibility of neonatal incubators being halted, and noted that there are 350,000 patients with non-communicable diseases and 1,000 patients in need of kidney dialysis, with 80 percent of dialysis machines located in hospitals in northern Gaza.

Since October 7, the occupation authorities have prevented patients from leaving the Gaza Strip for treatment in Jerusalem and within the 1948 territories, including 2,000 cancer patients.

Up until October 29, approximately 1,950 Palestinian citizens were reported missing, including at least 1,050 children, who may be trapped or martyred under the rubble, awaiting rescue.

The Civil Defense has raised concerns regarding the decomposition of bodies under collapsed buildings amidst limited rescue operations, highlighting both humanitarian and environmental challenges. Humanitarian agencies and their employees have faced significant restrictions in providing humanitarian assistance due to the ongoing aggression, movement restrictions, and shortages of electricity, fuel, water, and medications.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society has also announced a reduction in the number of ambulances in operation, and all humanitarian agencies and their employees have encountered significant obstacles in delivering much-needed aid. These restrictions have made it difficult for humanitarian partners to safely access those in need and the warehouses storing relief supplies.

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