Israel and the occupied territories: War surgery team, new medical supplies arrive in Gaza amidst a deepening humanitarian crisis

Israel and the occupied territories: War surgery team, new medical supplies arrive in Gaza amidst a deepening humanitarian crisis

Geneva (ICRC) – A war surgery team and a weapon contamination specialist are among ten International Committee of the Red Cross experts who arrived in Gaza on Friday, entering alongside six ICRC trucks carrying urgently needed medical material and water purification supplies.
News release 27 October 2023 Israel and the occupied territories

 The arrival of new humanitarian personnel will increase the ICRC’s capacity to continue supporting hospitals and deliver life-saving trauma surgery, assist people desperate for clean drinking water, and contribute to any future family reunification of released hostages.

This crucial humanitarian assistance is a small dose of relief, but it's not enough. Our surgical team and medical supplies will help relieve the extreme pressure on Gaza’s doctors and nurses. But safe, sustained humanitarian access is urgently needed. This humanitarian catastrophe is deepening by the hour

Fabrizio Carboni, the ICRC’s regional director for the Near and Middle East

The new medical material – for both north and south Gaza – includes war surgery kits, large packages of supplies used to treat people with wounds suffered in conflict. The kits can be used to treat between 1,000 and 5,000 people, depending on the severity of their injuries.

The water purification supplies contain chlorine tablets that can treat 50,000 liters of drinking water to help alleviate problems Gazans now face in finding safe, clean water.

The ICRC urges all parties to the conflict and states with influence to enable rapid and unimpeded humanitarian access in line with international humanitarian law. Sustained humanitarian access, and a sustained supply of humanitarian assistance, is desperately needed across Gaza.


About the ICRC

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