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Around 1,000 Palestinians shot by Israeli forces during months of border clashes have infections that could leave them permanently crippled, medical charity MSF said Thursday, labelling it a ‘slow-motion healthcare emergency’, reports BSS/AFP.
Around 6,000 Palestinians have been shot by Israeli forces during often violent demonstrations along the Gaza border since March, according to the health ministry in the strip.
MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres), which has provided care for thousands of Palestinians since the protests began, said the healthcare systems in Gaza were being overwhelmed by the number of cases and the often complicated treatments needed.
Most of those hurt by live fire were shot in the legs, often resulting in open fractures prone to infection, MSF said.
Around 1,000 have infections that could lead ultimately to amputations or even death.