UNICEF delivers health supplies for 70,000 people in Gaza

16th May 2018

Over 1,000 children injured since 30 March – health facilities unable to cope

DUBLIN/EAST JERUSALEM, 16 May 2018 – UNICEF and partners have delivered two truck-loads of urgently needed medical supplies to the Gaza Strip – enough to meet the needs of an estimated 70,000 people. The drugs and medical equipment include antibiotics, saline solution and syringes for the treatment of injuries.

Since 30 March, over 1,000 children were injured in violence in the Gaza Strip. Many of these injuries are severe and potentially life-altering, including amputations.

Recent violence has exacerbated the already weak health system in the Gaza Strip which is crumbling because of severe power cuts and shortages of fuel, medicine and equipment. Medical facilities are buckling under the strain of additional casualties wounded in the recent violence, many with complex and life-threatening injuries.

The intensifying violence has worsened the plight of children whose lives have already been unbearably difficult for many years.

Children should be protected – not targeted, used in violence or put in risky situations. As tensions rise across the State of Palestine, UNICEF calls on all actors to put in place specific measures to keep children out of harm’s way and avoid child casualties.


Note to editors

On the situation of children in the State of Palestine:

Photos available on request. 



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For more information, please contact:

Aedín Donnelly, UNICEF Ireland, 01 8090281, 085 1395272, aedin@unicef.ie

Juliette Touma, UNICEF Middle East and North Africa, jtouma@unicef.org +962 798 674 628

Tamara Kummer, UNICEF Middle East and North Africa, tkummer@unicef.org +962 797 588 550


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