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The open-ended ceasefire agreed on August 26 put an end to 50 days of deadly conflict. Although people appear to be getting on with their lives, nothing has been resolved. They couldn’t escape the bombing and now they can’t go home, even though the guns have been silenced. The return to calm is relative for the many Gaza Strip inhabitants living without water or electricity in over-crowded schools or several families to an apartment.

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Since the June 18, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which runs a mental health program in Hebron, has scaled up its activities and is trying to receive as many patients as possible, including children in a state of shock, and people with post-traumatic stress. In the space of one month, the team has carried out over a thousand consultations.

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Since the bombing of the Gaza Strip began on July 7, civilians, unable to flee this narrow piece of land, have been the main victims. Thousands have been injured. The teams at Al-Shifa hospital were overwhelmed and an Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) team arrived to provide support ten days after the start of the offensive.

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As the Israeli offensive continues in Gaza, clashes in the West Bank, on top of several weeks of raids and arrests by Israeli forces, are taking a heavy toll on the already fragile psychological well being of Palestinians. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) launched an emergency response in mid-June and has carried out 1,146 mental health consultations for those affected by the violence since then.

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In Gaza, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides post-operative care to people injured in burn accidents. Generators and poor quality gas cylinders are the cause of many serious accidents in Gaza, and MSF's is the only clinic that provides comprehensive wound care, physiotherapy, and medical care for these types of injuries.

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Since doctors in Gaza cannot leave to receive specialized medical training, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) organized an accredited training course for them in Gaza.

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Shortages of medical supplies and electricity, along with restrictions on both the import of materials and the provision of permits for expat personnel, continue to limit the people of Gaza's ability to receive appropriate medical care.

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With a new surgical program in Gaza, MSF and local health authorities are trying to reduce the time patients spend waiting for the surgeries they need.

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Reports from a few of the many MSF projects around the globe.

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In Gaza, the effects of last year’s Operation Cast Lead is still being felt.

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