Four days after Israeli air attacks against the Gaza Strip began, hospitals are already overwhelmed by the influx of wounded patients. Medecins Sans Frontieres teams are now in Gaza helping to ease the hospitals' burdens. They brought with them a truckload of life-saving drugs and medical supplies -- there has been a shortage in Gaza for more than a year. Dr. A. A. (name withheld for security reasons) described the scene today in Shifa Hospital, the main hospital in the Gaza Strip:
We are operating right on the ground, stablizing patients on the ground. It's very difficult because of the transport situation. A lot of patients are unable to move because of the transportation situation. Gaza is not moving. People are afraid to move. I hope we can send our cars to patients at their homes.
He described the situation for patients with "normal" emergencies:
If they come in for a normal emergency, the hospital will not accept them -- just cases that are victims of bombing.
He also described the scene at night:
After sunset, people are not moving from their homes. That's a big problem. No one can move, even for normal emergencies. Doctors and nurses are completely exhausted. You can see it on their faces. They're depressed -- they have also their normal lives. They feel the depression, fear, and sadness of each person in the Gaza Strip. Right now everyone in Gaza is preparing themselves for after 9 p.m., when sounds will start and houses will be shaking and windows will be broken as usual, every night. Windows will be exploding and causing cuts and wounds in children who are sleeping.
For the full audio, click here. Thank you to sustainability blogger James Farrar, in Germany, for sending me the audio feed.