Qatar inaugurated on Monday Gaza’s first prosthetic hospital and disability rehab center, which became urgent after hundreds lost their limbs in Israeli crackdown on protests of Great March of Return.
Qatar started building the hospital after its then-emir visited Gaza in 2012. It was the first visit by a head of state since the Hamas has ended security chaos carried out by the Palestinian Authority and sponsored by Israeli occupation and US in 2007.
The Qatar Fund for Development trained the hospital’s 150-member staff locally and abroad. It has assumed the project’s expenses for now.
Health officials say the 100-bed hospital is vital for Gaza, where more than 130 Palestinians have lost limbs over the past year during ongoing peaceful protests of the Great March of Return, which ae being cracked down by the Israeli occupation forces.
Aid groups say thousands of Palestinians were shot in the legs during the protests, and many will need follow-up surgery, physiotherapy and rehabilitation.
“These are complex and serious injuries that do not quickly heal,” the Paris-based Doctors Without Borders group said in December.
“Their severity and the lack of appropriate treatment in Gaza’s crippled health system means that infection is a high risk, especially for patients with open fractures.”
Qatar, along with Egypt and the United Nations, recently brokered ceasefire understandings between Israel and Hamas, which Hebrew media reports have said include an end to the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege as Israeli said it is ready to easing its 12-year-old blockade on the movement of people and goods into and out of the coastal enclave.