HEALTH MINISTRY IN GAZA WARNS OF SEVERE SHORTAGE IN MEDICINES, MEDICAL SUPPLIES

GAZA, Palestine - The Ministry of Health in Gaza warned on Sunday, of the deteriorating health situation, caused by the significant decrease in medicines and medical supplies in the Gaza Strip.

"The ministry suffers from 50 percent shortage in medicines and medical supplies," director of hospitals, at the Ministry of Health in Gaza, Abdul Latif al-Haj, told reporters in Gaza.

He urged the international community, mainly Arab countries, to swiftly send medical convoy to Gaza, to save the situation that is caused by ongoing anti-Israel protests that left dozens dead and thousands injured.

Up to 120 Palestinian protesters have been killed by Israeli fire, since the rallies, known as the "Great March of Return" started on Mar 30. The rallies also caused injury to 14,000, of whom 300 suffer from serious wounds.

The protests, which peaked every Friday, demand the return of Palestinian refugees, who were forced to leave their cities during the Arab-Israeli war in 1948, as well as, lifting the blockade Israel has been imposing on Gaza since 2007.

Al-Haj added that, the majority of the wounds were in the lower limbs, stressing that the Israeli forces used live and explosive bullets.

Meanwhile, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) announced that, it will send two surgical teams and medical supplies to the Gaza Strip, to assist residents affected by the recent violence.

ICRC said, the teams, which stay in Gaza for six months, will help Gaza's health system respond to longer-term needs, after thousands of residents were recently wounded in violence.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK