More than 1,000 Palestinians in Gaza have bone infections after being shot by Israeli forces

October 21, 2019

Patients at the MSF clinic in Gaza

Yumna Patel reports in Mondoweiss:

In the year since the Great March of Return began, thousands of Palestinians, mostly young men, from the Gaza Strip have suffered life changing injuries at the hands of Israeli forces.

Now, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which has been treating hundreds of Gazans wounded during protests, says it is “dealing with immense challenges” when treating patients who were shot by the army.

According to a new report released by MSF, more than 1,000 Palestinians who were shot by the Israeli army over the past year have developed  “severe bone infections” that are becoming increasingly difficult to treat.

Israeli forces have injured more than 7,400 Palestinians during the protests, “with around half suffering from open fractures, where the bone is broken near the wound.” MSF said.

“Their serious and complex wounds require months – if not years – of dressing, surgery and physiotherapy,” MSF said.

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