WHO Special Situation Report: occupied Palestinian territory, Gaza (30 March 2018)

Report
from World Health Organization, Health Cluster
Published on 30 Mar 2018

Highlights
- On the 30th March, 15 Palestinians were killed and 1,416 were injured by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH).
- Out of the 1,416 casualties, 1,010 were severe injuries and required immediate transfer to the hospitals.
- 973 were male, 37 were female, and 179 were children below the age of 18.
- 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 first of a series 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.
- Mass gatherings took place across Gaza, 500-700 meters away from the perimeter fence, in the following 5 locations;
- An-Nahda area in the east of Rafah
- Al-Najar area east of Khuza'a in Khan Younis
- Al Bureij camp in the Middle Area
- Malaka area east of Gaza City
- Abu Safiya in Jabalia and at the checkpoint in Beit Hanoun, North Gaza
- 5 medical type 1 camps were set up by the Ministry of Health (MoH), beside the mass gatherings. They were equipped with emergency supplies to stabilize injuries before referring them to nearby hospitals. The medical camps were staffed with up to 10 doctors and 15 nurses; the healthcare staff were also supported by volunteers, and ambulances were on stand-by. Each camp was equipped with first aid medication, and had 3-4 beds; mattresses were also used to support the increasing number of casualties.
- An additional 5 Primary Health Centers opened to provide support. A total of 405 casualties were managed at the medical camps and primary healthcare clinics.