French NGO slams Israel over accessto Gaza wounded

5th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

JERUSALEM, Oct 4 (AFP) - A French humanitarian group said Monday the Israeli army's huge ongoing offensive in northern Gaza was hampering access to wounded Palestinians and that basic supplies were running out.

JERUSALEM, Oct 4 (AFP) - A French humanitarian group said Monday the Israeli army's huge ongoing offensive in northern Gaza was hampering access to wounded Palestinians and that basic supplies were running out.  

"There is a huge problem of access to the wounded. Rescue workers have not been able to coordinate with the army and are risking their lives to go to the field," Hugo Tiffou from Medecins du Monde (MDM) told AFP from Gaza City.  

"Families are stuck at home because of the violence and they need milk, water and other supplies, especially for children," he added.  

"Some have wounded or people suffering from chronic disease in their midst," he added.  

He said unofficial estimates put at 5,000 the number of families trapped at home in Jabaliya, Beit Hanun and Beit Lahia where the army says it is trying to stop rocket attacks by Palestinian militants.  

Tiffou said water and power had been cut off in the hardest hit neighbourhoods and that access to water in general was becoming increasingly difficult.  

"Oxygen will be soon missing in hospitals because bottles have to come from outside the Gaza Strip, which is sealed off right now," he said.  

"The types of wounds encountered this time around are different from those observed during previous incursions," he also said, citing local medical sources.  

"The wounds are more serious and require more complex surgical interventions which tend to show that heavier weaponry is being used," he added.  

Tiffou hit out at Israel for preventing an MDM team from crossing into Gaza for eight consecutive days. "And even when we were allowed to get in on Sunday, the road was hardly secured. We had bullets flying over our car," he added.  

Since Israel unleashed its military might last Tuesday, 73 Palestinians have been killed in the deadliest incursion into northern Gaza during the four-year-old uprising.

© AFP

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