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Indian medics extend solidarity to healthcare workers in Gaza, calls for ceasefire

Dozens of Indian medical workers joined a solidarity gathering in Kerala’s Kozhikode beach in support of healthcare workers in Gaza who have become a target of relentless war on the besieged enclave.

Over 200 medics joined the program organised by Ethnical Medical Forum on Sunday. The event paid tribute to the “white coat heroes” in Gaza.

Kerala has witnessed back-to-back pro-Palestine programs since the war on Gaza began after the attack on October 07.

World Health Organisation has repeatedly appealed for the protection of the health system from further attacks and degradation of its capacity.

A video screening that depicted the atrocities against health workers and a photo exhibition of the medics who got killed in Gaza were part of the solidarity gathering.

In less than 60 days of genocidal war, the number of functioning hospitals has dropped from 36 to 18. Of these, three are only providing basic first aid, while the remaining hospitals are delivering only partial services, WHO stated.

From 7 October to 28 November, WHO recorded an unprecedented number of attacks on health care: 203 attacks on hospitals, ambulances, medical supplies, and the detention of healthcare workers.

Currently, there are 1000 patients and thousands of people sheltering at the 350-bed Nasser Medical Complex, and 1000 patients and an estimated 70,000 people sheltering at the 370-bed European Gaza Hospital.

Both hospitals are three times beyond their capacity.

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