On November 20th, the world marked Universal Children's Day. On this day, the nations of the world commit to address the unique needs of children and youth, hear their voices, and take special measures to ensure their safety, security and wellbeing.
As physicians, nurses and medical professionals, our first medical and ethical responsibility is to prevent harm from occurring. As those who witness first-hand the human cost of the current violence, we demand utmost consideration for the lives, health, and human rights of all persons. We call for immediate consideration, before more individuals are injured or killed.
On November 14thPhysicians for Human Rights–Israel (PHR Israel) called decision makersto avoid an attack on Gaza that could escalate the situation and claim more victims from both sides as indeed happens since. PHR Israel continues to advocate for non-violence and safeguarding of people’s lives.
On the evening of the third day of the attack on Gaza Strip, Physicians for Human Rights began receiving worrisome and severe reports regarding the obstruction of the activity of emergency and rescue teams.
Up to this moment, at least 40 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and 3 Israelis have been killed. Of those killed 8 were children, 3 women an 4 elderly. Over 300 Palestinians and 74 Israelis were reported wounded.