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WHO Special Situation Report: occupied Palestinian territory, Gaza (6 - 8 April 2018)

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  • The second mass demonstration by Palestinians on the Gaza side of the perimeter fence with Israel took place on the 6th April 2018. 8 Palestinians were killed and 1,356 were injured by Israeli forces, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH).

  • Out of the 1,356 injuries, 754 required immediate transfer to the MoH hospitals or to NGO hospitals (including 81 children, 24 females and 730 males). From the injuries, 35 cases are critically life threatening and 347 may result in temporary or permanent disability. The remaining 947 are unspecified.

  • A further 602 injuries were managed by primary healthcare centres and medical points by the MoH,
    Union Health Workers Committee (UHWC) NGO and by the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS).

  • Since the mass demonstration began, on the 30th March, according to the MoH, a total of 25 people have been killed and 2,901 people have been injured2 . From this total, an accumulative 1,814 were admitted to hospitals including MoH hospitals and NGO hospitals (Al Awda Hospital and Al Quds Hospital). A further, 1,366 cases were treated at the primary healthcare facilities and medical points by the MoH UHWC and by the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS).

  • The casualties occurred during the mass demonstrations by Palestinians on the Gaza site of the perimeter fence with Israel. People from all over the Gaza Strip gathered near the fence, where the Israeli army imposes a ‘No Go Zone’, to mark the Palestinian ‘Land Day’, the second of a series of mass peaceful protests leading up to the 70th anniversary of what Palestinians refer to as the 1948 ‘Nakba’, on 15 May.
    From a total 754, 655 were admitted to MoH hospitals According to the MoH report, 17 people were killed and 1,545 were injured during the first mass demonstration which took place on the 30th April. A further, 8 people were killed and 1,356 were injured during the second mass demonstration on the 6th April.