Health workers in Gaza working under extreme insecure conditionsListen /
The World Health Organisation(WHO) is calling for the opening up of a humanitarian corridor in Gaza, for the evacuation of the injured civilians well as for the supply of life saving medical supplies.
WHO says hospitals and ambulances have been damaged, destroyed or rendered unable to function, further constraining the ability of Gaza's health system to care for the increasing number of civilian casualties.
The death toll in Gaza is now well above the 700 mark, with over 5,000 people injured among them 1,500 children.
Paul Garwood from WHO says the coping capacity of health workers is overstretched and many are working under extreme insecure conditions.
"Our local staff are noting the daily increase in casualties as a result of the insecurity inside Gaza and this is behind the call for this humanitarian corridor, to evacuate people. The huge strain on the facilities inside Gaza coupled with challenges to get replenishment’s to those facilities and the increasing insecurity on a daily basis is increasing the number of people who need better medical care. Our local office has been in discussion with Israeli authorities over recent days to enable this and I understand it's happening with Egyptian authorities as well."
WHO says parties to the conflict in Gaza are obliged under international humanitarian law to ensure that people are able to reach medical care in safety and that the neutrality of hospitals, medical staff and emergency vehicles in respected and protected.
Patrick Maigua, United Nations, Geneva.