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MSF sent additional staff and resources into Gaza on Thursday to support Gaza City’s al Shifa hospital, but one surgeon was refused entry at the border, reportedly because of a paperwork discrepancy. During a brief lull in the bombing, 28 patients managed to reach MSF’s clinic in Gaza City, more than had been able to access the facility since Israel's current military campaign begin.

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In the village of Salem, near Hebron, a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) psychologist named Wissam meets with a woman called Um Taha for the second time. She is 48. Her husband died five years ago and she lives in Salem with her nine children.

Um Taha’s 28-year-old son was recently arrested by the Israeli army. Troops stormed the house one night, beat Um Taha and aimed a gun at her, she says. They also turned the house upside down, destroying everything they found.

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MSF has begun offering surgical and postoperative services at Gaza City's Al-Shifa Hospital, akin to what teams were already doing at Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis.

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Two MSF staff members and the program coordinator were able to enter the Gaza Strip on November 18; additional emergency response staff will be joining them in the coming days. 

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In January MSF trained local surgeons and physical therapists in Gaza City to provide specialized care for hand injuries and burns. 

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Health facilities in the Gaza Strip are facing a serious shortage of drugs and medical supplies.

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Though the number of people in Gaza suffering after-effects of serious injuries has increased in recent years, it remains very difficult to obtain access to appropriate, specialized care.

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Given the events of recent days, MSF is staying prepared in the event that there is any escalation of strife in Gaza.

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MSF is opening a reconstructive surgery program to treat victims of violence, domestic burn accidents, and other injuries in Gaza.

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Recently published articles present misleading information about the cooperation between an MSF team and Israeli burn specialists in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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