World Health Organization Officials Visit the Besieged Gaza Strip

23 Mar
10:10 PM

A delegation from the World Health Organization (WHO) arrived in the besieged Gaza Strip on Sunday morning, after announcing that two people were infected with Corona virus (COVID-19).

The Hebrew newspaper “Yediot Aharonot” reported that a group of representatives from the WHO arrived in the Gaza Strip, through the Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing.

The newspaper noted that the World Health Organization delivered hundreds of Coronavirus kits to Gaza, a short time ago, with additional supplies, expected to be delivered in the near future.

According to Anadolu News Agency, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, Jamie McGoldrick, has warned of frightening consequences if the COVID-19 virus were to spread in the blockaded Gaza Strip.

In an interview, McGoldrick told UN News that a COVID-19 outbreak in the Gaza Strip could be disastrous, due to the 14 year long Israeli blockade of the Strip, an already insufficient health-care system, and over-crowding, with nearly 2,000,000 Palestinians living within a 365 square kilometer area.

The UN official said they are working to raise $7 million to meet Gaza’s urgent humanitarian needs, and have been in contact with the Palestinian administration as well as the World Health Organization, to work together to improve the state of health care in the Gaza Strip.

~ Middle East Monitor/Yediot Aharonot, Anadolu/UN News

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