The besieged Gaza Strip is facing an “epic” crisis after Israeli forces killed and injured hundreds of Palestinians during recent protests, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has warned.
Robert Mardini, who heads the ICRC’s Near and Middle East operations, told reporters in Geneva on Thursday that the recent demonstrations and a violent Israeli response along the Gaza fence “have triggered a health crisis of unprecedented magnitude.”
Of the thousands wounded, some 1,350 people have complex injuries and will require between three and five surgeries each, Mardini said.
There is need for “a total of more than 4,000 surgeries, half of which will be carried out by ICRC teams,” he said. “I think such a caseload would overwhelm any health system in the world,” he added.