• Wounded Gazans struggle to find treatment after war


    GAZA CITY: Still in shock weeks after an Israel shell blast shredded his arm and killed four members of his family, Ahmed Ayyad is one of many wounded Gazans now needing long-term care. But many of the organizations charged with rehabilitating Gazans like him are struggling to cope in the wake of an Israeli offensive in which the United Nations estimates that more than 10,000 Palestinians were wounded, with up to 1,000 likely to suffer permanent disability. The Artificial Limbs and Polio Center in Gaza has no shortage of equipment for prosthetics, provided by the Red Cross, but the dire financial situation of the Gaza municipality, provider of the 25 employees’ salaries, threatens their ability to keep working, says Hazem Shawwa, the center’s director.



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