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Amid increasing violence across the Occupied Palestinian Territories, punctuated by a brutal 50-day war in Gaza, MSF doubled capacity to meet medical and psychological needs, as access to care remained limited.

In the West Bank, MSF ran mental health programs in Hebron, Nablus, and Qalqilya governorates, as well as in East Jerusalem, supporting more than 5,500 adults and children who have experienced or witnessed violence carried out primarily by Israeli soldiers and settlers but also by Palestinian security forces or other Palestinians, including family members.

In Gaza, a territory roughly the same square mileage as Philadelphia, demand for reconstructive surgery spiked with the July-August war that killed some 2,286 Palestinians (a quarter of them children), wounded more than 11,000, and displaced more than 500,000. MSF, which already offered surgical and post-operative care in different locations, established a permanent surgical team that carried out more than 320 surgeries. Teams also ran clinics in Gaza City and in an inflatable tent at Nasser hospital, providing general post-operative care, 12,700 wound dressings, and 11,800 physiotherapy sessions.

A mental health program previously suspended by local authorities resumed in October, and MSF made plans to launch a dedicated pediatric mental health program.

Staff help a patient outside the post-operative care clinic at Nasser hospital, Gaza. © Isabelle Merny / MSF

 

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