Urgent Appeal to the International Community #2
The Israeli occupational forces offensive actions have continued into its third week now. These actions are in the form of bloody massacres, stateís organized terror, destruction of infrastructure, prevention of transporting medical, human and food supplies, continued closures of access roads and closures (which caused the death of a patient at Rafah Checkpoint), the transfer of thousands from the areas of Rafah Airport, north of the Gaza Strip in which one person have been martyred per hour, five injured during the past five days. More than 50 women are subjected to risky pregnancies due to lack of medical supplies and vital needs such as electric supply and water resources in the medical and health facilities in occupied Gaza Strip.
We in the Health Work Committees (HWC) reaffirm the dangers consequent in case the health and medical systems collapse in the Gaza Strip and the rest of the occupied Palestinian lands due to the bombing of the medical facilities and the deprivation of the hospitals and medical facilities from receiving medical supplies, human resources and basic needs in addition to terrorizing the medical and emergency teams.
The Health Work Committees highly regards
the decision of the UNís Human Rights Council of forming an investigating
committee, its condemnation of the assault and its demand that it stops. We
demand immediate protection for the Palestinian people that includes temporary
protection of the occupied city of
The Health Works Committees anticipates that a UNís resolution condemning the Israeli Assault and military operations is immediately drawn. It is aroused and concerned that any delay in a resolution and its implementation forcing the occupation forces to stop its offensive will cause an inevitable and comprehensive human and health catastrophe in the occupied Strip, especially that the medical supplies in hospital and clinics have started to run out. HWC is alarmed that long gone communicable diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, anemia, dehydration and dermal inflammations especially among children will prevail. This will expose more than one fourth of a million children to severe chronic communicable diseases preventing their natural development and growth.
The Health Work Committees watches with deep concern the deterioration of the human and health conditions and conveys its deep apprehension of the potential collapse of the Palestinian formal and non formal health systems. Adding is the hazards caused by the unavailability of gasoline to maintain the electric supply. This anticipates a catastrophe with uncontrollable effects that cannot be halted. At hand information about the above mentioned situation in addition to continued raids and military strikes warns that the humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip are in severe humanitarian crisis.
Health Work Committees calls upon the International Community to exert pressure
The Health Work Committees demands that the
International Community and all peace seekers in the World pressure
The Health Work Committees calls all the
health, medical and human local and international organizations to immediately
intervene to save the children, women and civilians in the Gaza Strip and the
rest of the occupied lands including
The Health Work Committees
July 10, 2006