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EL-ARISH: A soldier patrols next to ambulances, donated by Kuwait, as humanitarian aid is unloaded at Egypt’s Al-Arish Airport in this file photo. - AFP
EL-ARISH: A soldier patrols next to ambulances, donated by Kuwait, as humanitarian aid is unloaded at Egypt’s Al-Arish Airport in this file photo. - AFP
Collapse of health system in Gaza portends disaster

CAIRO: The League of Arab States said on Sunday that the collapse of the health system in the Gaza Strip portends a major disaster, the spread of diseases and epidemics, and a major famine that threatens the lives of thousands. This came in a statement by the Assistant Secretary-General of the Arab League and Head of the Social Affairs Sector, Ambassador Haifa Abu Ghazaleh, on World Health Day.

The statement condemned Zionist occupation forces for violating human rights, international humanitarian law, and the Fourth Geneva Convention for the Protection of Civilians and continuing to target and kill women, children, and the elderly, as well as the systematic bombing of hospitals and all health facilities. It also denounced the Zionist occupation’s continued serious violation of preventing access to humanitarian aid, which increases the risk of health and humanitarian conditions, noting that this matter will have devastating effects on the health of mothers, children, and the elderly.

The statement said, “On the day of celebration of World Health Day under the slogan (My Health is My Right) 2024, the World Health Organization and everyone have the responsibility to continue to shed light on the unprecedented health and humanitarian catastrophe that the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip are suffering from.

Meanwhile, the Kuwaiti medical team continued the implementation of a series of relief projects for displaced people in Gaza. Deputy Director General of the Kuwaiti Relief Society and head of the Kuwaiti medical relief team present in Gaza, Omar Al-Thuwaini, said that 120 operations were done within two days for a number of patients at the European Hospital. He thanked the Kuwaiti people for their contributions to providing material and moral support to the medical relief team. — KUNA

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