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Gaza Strip: Over 200 humanitarian workers have already died.

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The Gaza Strip is currently one of the most dangerous places to provide aid to those in need. Months of bombings and shelling of civilian objects have resulted in the deaths of over 200 volunteers and humanitarian workers. Medics are also among the casualties. According to data from the Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip, 348 healthcare workers have already lost their lives.

Our country was shaken by the news of a Pole’s death in the Gaza Strip. The man was a volunteer with the World Central Kitchen (WCK) humanitarian organization. As a result of the bombing in which he perished, seven people lost their lives, including citizens of the United Kingdom, Australia, and Ireland. All of them were involved in providing food to Palestinians who are currently grappling with famine.

There is no excuse for killing humanitarian workers. Never, under any circumstances. We remind you: there is no excuse for killing civilians either, who have been dying since the beginning of this conflict. We offer condolences to the families and loved ones of all innocent individuals who have lost their lives in the Gaza Strip.

The immense danger faced by volunteers and humanitarian workers in the Gaza Strip is reflected in tragic statistics. The UN reports that 174 of its workers have already died in Gaza, including 171 UNRWA workers (Editor’s note: United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East). At the same time, the UN emphasizes that this is one of the largest tolls and most tragic situations in the organization’s history. In total, over 200 humanitarian workers have died since the escalation of the conflict began.

Most of the humanitarian and medical workers who have died so far are Palestinians. They are the ones in the most difficult situation because most of them cannot leave the Gaza Strip. The enclave is a deadly trap for them. Their situation is not much different from that of other civilians: they live there, they help, and they die almost every day.

Despite the danger, the actions of humanitarian and medical workers in the Gaza Strip are absolutely essential. Cut off from the world, enclave residents have practically exhausted all their supplies, and humanitarian aid and food deliveries are allowed in insufficient quantities to feed over 2,200,000 people remaining in the enclave. Doctors working on-site also report huge shortages of available medicines: mainly basic anti-inflammatory drugs are available. However, there are no medications that could save someone’s life, such as cardiological or antidiabetic drugs. Therefore, doctors cooperating with the Polish Medical Mission estimate that 70% of patients seeking help at the medical points they operate do not receive the necessary assistance.

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