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Gaza: MSF treats patients for severe burns following airstrike

MSF needs basic guarantees of safety and access for medical and humanitarian supplies.

MSF medical staff apply a dressing to a young child at the MSF Burns Clinic in central Gaza after he suffered from severe burns in an airstrike. Gaza, 19 October 2023.

Medical staff at the MSF burns clinic treat a child wounded in an airstrike on October 19. | Palestine 2023 © MSF

November 19, 2023—Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) medical personnel are treating patients for severe burns at Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, in the Gaza Strip, following an Israeli airstrike yesterday about one kilometer (0.6 miles) away from the hospital.

A total of 122 patients arrived at the hospital in the immediate aftermath of the airstrike. While 70 people were dead upon arrival, dozens of injured people, including many children, arrived in critical condition with severe burns.

In the burn unit, where MSF works, surgeons are doing around 10 burn surgeries a day. But the hospital is overflowing with hundreds of patients with burns who must wait for surgical care.

“The medical needs are huge, and MSF is ready to scale up its activities, but we need basic guarantees of safety and unrestricted access of medical and humanitarian supplies into Gaza," said Christophe Garnier, MSF project coordinator in southern Gaza. "A ceasefire is a must, now more than ever, to stop the bloodshed that is happening.”

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