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06-08-2014 | Middle East

Gaza: ICRC President Maurer visit

ICRC President Maurer is in Gaza this week to see for himself the suffering of civilians and to meet ICRC and PRCS humanitarian staff. During the current ceasefire he was able to visit the neighbourhood of Shijaiya in Gaza City where thousands of homes have been reduced to dust and rubble in recent days of heavy bombardment and hostilities.

In Al Shifa Hospital, Gaza City, the President met medical staff and patients. Visiting the children’s ward he expressed his shock, “We have seen a lot of children here suffering a  lot of serious injuries.  And you can only be shocked and shaken by what you see as a consequence of the war here.”

He commented on the  discrepancy between the provisions of international humanitarian law concerning protection of civilians and the reality faced by  the people of Gaza during the month-long  conflict, saying, “ You see that people haven't been protected so there is a huge discrepancy between the law as it stands and the reality  with which we’ re confronted today.  And this is of course a huge challenge to an organization like the ICRC. “

Al Shifa Hospital is the largest referral hospital in Gaza, with over 600 beds.  It has received the largest number of war wounded, killed and critical cases, and carried out the largest number of surgical operations of all the medical facilities in Gaza during the last month of hostilities.  ICRC has supplied medical materials and two surgeons to assist resident staff.

Dr Mauro della Tore an ICRC  surgeon working in Al Shifa explains how the hospital has to treat hundreds of incoming wounded  in a very short  time frame, up to 160 wounded in 20 minutes, describing it as ‘very overcrowded… chaotic but functional’.

Today the president continues his visit, going to a hospital in Ashkelon (south of Israel), meeting representatives of the Magen David Adom then Palestinian Authorities in Ramallah, (West Bank). Tomorrow, he will have more meetings with high-level Israeli officials.


Shotlist

Location: Gaza
Length: 3’37”
Format: HD/SD
Production: Jan Powell, Rama Humeid
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Sound: English
ICRC ref: AV205N
Date: 6 August 2014

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00:00 Shijaiya residential district, Gaza City.  Shelled ruins of houses and apartment blocks - various
00:14 President Peter Maurer, ICRC  walks through ruins
00:38 Maurer arrives at  Al Shifa Hospital , Gaza City

00:56 SOUNDBITE: Dr Mauro della Torre ICRC surgeon,  Al Shifa Hospital
“This is the emergency  room.  This is the gate of hell… this is where they face the first drama … this is you see a small space.  Nevertheless  a few days ago we had 160 wounded in 20 minutes. So it means overcrowded.  It was impossible to work, chaotic but functional. This is the strategy they have adapted they have a huge experience of this, nevertheless, the emotional impact is very hard .

01:28 Children’s ward, various shots wounded children

02:19 ITW Peter Maurer , President ICRC "
It was for me of critical importance to have a first sight impression, to also be able to interact with the team..."
02:29 "We have seen a lot of children here suffering. A lot of serious injuries.  And you can only be shocked and shaken  by what you see as a consequence of the war here in this hospital..."
02:48 "With the amount of patients coming to the hospital almost everything is needed in terms of trauma surgery, and treatment  and this is of course an area in which we are committed  to continue to also to strengthen our work and support..."
03:12 "You see that people haven't been protected so there is a huge discrepancy between the law as it stands and the reality  with which we’ re confronted today.  And this is of course a huge challenge to an organization like ICRC.  But it  is a huge challenge to the international  community..."

Duration : 3m 40s
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