Gaza protest

Great March of Return

Nearly every Friday between 30 March 2018 and December 2019, protestors in the ‘Great March of Return’ demonstrations in Gaza, Palestine were met with hails of bullets from the Israeli army.

In December 2019, our teams in Gaza were treating more than 900 patients with gunshot wounds. Between the first protest in March 2018 and 30 November 2019, we admitted more than 4,830 people to our trauma clinics. More than 7,900 people were shot with live ammunition over this period, according to the Ministry of Health.

The need for specialised treatment due to the severity and complexity of the protestors’ injuries vastly exceeds the capacity of local authorities and the few organisations working in Gaza, including MSF.


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Voices from the Field 10 May 2018
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