UK hospital workers protest outside No 10 against deaths of medics in Gaza | Israel-Hamas war

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British healthcare employees in uniform protested outdoors Downing Road on Friday to commemorate nearly 200 clinicians killed in Gaza since Israel’s bombardment started. The vigil was organised to name on Rishi Sunak to push for an pressing ceasefire.

Lots of the hospital employees collaborating carried one in every of 189 totally different indicators bearing the title of a healthcare employee killed in Gaza previously month. Organisers mentioned that within the time it took for the names to be printed, a number of extra would have died.

Many had been wearing scrubs, some coming straight from shifts, their NHS lanyards nonetheless exhibiting. They held a minute’s silence earlier than studying out the names of their colleagues killed in Gaza and chanting “ceasefire now”.

Nick Maynard, a gastrointestinal surgeon from Oxford who leads a instructing initiative in Gaza and the West Financial institution, held up an indication bearing the title of a paramedic killed within the newest bombardment. He mentioned among the Palestinians clinicians he had labored with in Gaza had been killed in current weeks. “They’re not terrorists. They’re harmless,” he mentioned.

Hospitals proceed to be focused in Gaza, with its largest hospital, al-Shifa, hit by Israeli fireplace early on Friday morning. The Israeli military claims Hamas hides in and beneath hospitals and has arrange a command centre beneath al-Shifa – which hospital employees deny.

Describing the state of affairs for clinicians working there, Maynard mentioned: “It’s surrounded by tanks and floor troops and the medical doctors and nurses are nonetheless attempting to deal with their sufferers regardless of figuring out they could die because of this.”

The Westminster protest was organised by Omar Abdel-Mannan, a paediatric neurologist working in London who runs Gaza Medic Voices, an organisation broadcasting messages on social media from Gaza clinicians.

Commenting on the virtually 200 healthcare employees killed in Gaza previously month, Dr Abdel-Mannan, mentioned: “When you consider the ten,000 those who have died to date inside Gaza, it is a small minority, but it surely’s an essential minority as a result of these are healthcare employees that needs to be taking care of individuals, needs to be saving lives and but they’re being focused and systematically worn out.”

Izzeldin Abuelaish, a professor of world well being who was the primary Palestinian physician on employees in an Israeli hospital, was one of many audio system. He mentioned the worldwide group wanted to behave urgently to cease additional killings of healthcare employees, civilians and kids.

Talking earlier than the protest, he mentioned: “We want a direct ceasefire, instantly saving lives, instantly stopping the bloodshed. That’s the precedence. As a medical physician that’s what I name on the world to do. It’s not a matter of negotiation, it’s a matter of motion now.”

Abuelaish mentioned {that a} lack of energy and clear water was forcing clinicians to carry out operations with out correct sterilisation or anaesthetic, and lots of had been being killed doing their work.

The professor fled Gaza for Canada after his three daughters and a niece had been killed of their house by Israeli tank fireplace within the 2009 Gaza conflict. His guide I Shall Not Hate instructed the story of his quest for peace after their loss of life.

Abuelaish mentioned his sister was amongst tens of hundreds of Palestinians sheltering at al-Shifa on Friday, and had been pressured to go away. “Even immediately my sister was at Shifa hospital and so they attacked the hospital. The hospital needs to be a sacred place. There may be nowhere to go,” he mentioned.

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He has not been capable of attain his household in Jabalia refugee camp, together with his brothers and sisters. “I can’t get in contact with them. I don’t know in the event that they’re alive or not. Tens of my relations had been killed, and now, if they’re dwelling, they’re shifting coffins. That’s what they’re. Simply ready [to see] who can be subsequent to be killed, to be attacked.”

A letter to the British Medical Affiliation signed by 2,900 medical doctors, in addition to different BMA members, was despatched on Friday to demand extra motion and stronger assist of Palestinians. “Our medical colleagues in Gaza are exhausted and important assets wanted to look after sufferers are working out,” it mentioned. “This example shouldn’t be sustainable or humane, and is categorically morally and legally unacceptable.”

The letter expressed “grave concern on the growing political repression of these calling for a ceasefire and freedom for the Palestinian individuals”.

Medics have mentioned they really feel deserted in Gaza, the place as of final week greater than a 3rd of hospitals had been now not functioning.

Mohammed Zaqout, director-general of Gaza hospitals, mentioned on Friday they had been going through a “catastrophic state of affairs” with out electrical energy, water or meals. “We’re unable to supply providers to the wounded and the hospitals are constantly bombed by Israel,” Zaqout mentioned.

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