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Delegation of West Bank doctors heads to Gaza

Aug. 6, 2014 1:10 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 7, 2014 8:09 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A delegation of doctors from the West Bank is traveling to Gaza to assist in treating patients who sustained wounds throughout Israel's offensive, the Ministry of Health said Wednesday.

The ministry said in a statement that 11 doctors specialized in surgery, plastic surgery, and anesthesia were headed to Gaza.

The delegation also consists of 10 nurses specializing in intensive care and surgery, the statement said.

According to the ministry, the group was the second delegation of doctors to head to Gaza from the West Bank since the beginning of Israel's offensive. Last Friday, 25 specialized doctors traveled to Gaza to assist in its hospitals.

The United Nations warned Saturday that after 27 days of Israeli assault, the Gaza public health system was "on the verge of collapse" as the numbers of dead and injured overwhelmed hospitals and clinics across the besieged coastal enclave.

"Hospitals are increasingly forced to discharge patients prematurely, to accommodate newer and most urgent cases, even though these patients often do not have any place to go to, let alone an adequate one," the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs report said.

The Israeli assault on Gaza has left over 9,500 Palestinians injured, according to Gaza's health ministry.
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