In the northern reaches of the Gaza Strip, an alarming situation is unfolding. Hospitals, already stretched thin, are witnessing a new kind of horror. A doctor at an Indonesian hospital in Gaza reported to Al Jazeera that individuals brought in with injuries are presenting unprecedented complications.
Disturbingly, the death rate for these patients has been 100%.
The doctor has shed light on a distressing development. According to his account, Israeli forces have deployed what he termed as "unusual" weapons.
He reported witnessing injuries and fourth-degree burns of a nature he had never seen before, suggesting the use of atypical armaments in the conflict. It isn’t the first time that allegations regarding unconventional weaponry have arisen.
Previously, there were confirmed reports that Israel employed white phosphorus in its assaults on Gaza. White phosphorus is notorious for inflicting grave injuries, and its effects are exacerbated in densely populated regions like Gaza.
Its use in areas where civilians reside is a deeply contentious issue and a potential breach of international conventions.
An Overwhelmed Medical System
As if the challenges posed by these new injuries weren't enough, the healthcare system in Gaza is teetering on the brink of collapse.
Surgeon Ghassan Abu Sitta, via a distressing message on Twitter, revealed, "We have run out of burns dressings. We have more than 70 wounded with burns covering more than 40% of their body surface. 80% are children."
In a region ravaged by conflict, the numbers are stark and heartbreaking.
We have run out of burns dressings.
We have more than 70 wounded with burns covering more than 40% of their body surface. 80% are children — Ghassan Abu Sitta (@GhassanAbuSitt1) October 21, 2023
According to the Gaza Health Ministry's recent figures, Israeli strikes have resulted in the deaths of 4,385 individuals, encompassing 1,756 children and 967 women. Furthermore, 13,561 individuals have been wounded, with children, women, and the elderly constituting 70 percent of the casualties.
There are also reports that many remain trapped under debris, raising concerns that the death toll might rise. In a further grim development, the government's media office in Gaza reported that 43 unidentified Palestinians, who fell victim to Israeli attacks, have been interred in a mass grave.
The mounting casualties, combined with allegations of unconventional weapons and an overwhelmed medical infrastructure, paint a harrowing picture of the ongoing crisis in Gaza. It remains imperative for the international community to address these concerns and work towards an immediate and lasting resolution.