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WHO 'extremely concerned' about spread of disease in Gaza

Update : 17 Nov 2023, 19:13

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said it is concerned about the spread of disease in the Gaza Strip.

"We are extremely concerned about the spread of disease when the winter season arrives," said Richard Peeperkorn,  the WHO's representative in the occupied Palestinian territories.

So far, more than 70,000 cases of acute respiratory infections and more than 44,000 cases of diarrhea have been record, he said.

The Israeli army's bombardment and ground offensive in Gaza has disrupted the health system and access to clean water. It has also caused people to crowd into shelters.

Peeperkorn said the hospitals that remain in operation in the Gaza Strip have around 1,400 beds — short of the 5,000 hospital beds needed to care for all the sick and injured in the territory.

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