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Diseases Could Kill More in Gaza Than Israeli Bombs, says World Health Organization

Geneva: The World Health Organization has warned that in Gaza, the threat of deaths from diseases is greater than that from the war.

According to international media, Margaret Harris, the spokesperson for the World Health Organization, has stated that due to the Israeli bombing in Gaza, many major hospitals have been destroyed, and the healthcare system has collapsed.

The spokesperson for the World Health Organization cautioned that if the healthcare system in Gaza is not restored, there will be more deaths from diseases than from the bombing, as the system has been destroyed to fight against diseases.

“Eventually we will see more people dying from disease than from bombardment if we are not able to put back together this health system,”, she said.

Referring to a United Nations report on the living conditions of displaced residents in northern Gaza, she stated, “[There are] no medicines, no vaccination activities, no access to safe water and hygiene and no food.”

She also mentioned that diarrhea and respiratory infections are prevalent among children residing in overcrowded UN facilities, where nearly 1.1 million people are seeking shelter.

The spokesperson for WHO mentioned the destruction of Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza due to Israeli bombing as a “tragedy”. She also voiced her concern about Israeli forces having taken medical personnel into custody, putting medical operations at risk.

It is worth noting that more than 14,850 people have been martyred in Gaza from Israeli bombings, 70% of the killed are women and children. While over 36,000 have been wounded. Moreover, according to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees approximately 1.7 million Palestinians, accounting for nearly 90% of Gaza’s population, have become homeless due to the Israeli onslaught.

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