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Doctor who volunteered in Gaza says people have nowhere to go

UK doctor Deborah Harrington says Israel Defence Forces turned back relief trucks on suspicion
Screengrab via X/@amanpour
Screengrab via X/@amanpour

Deborah Harrington, who volunteered in a Gaza hospital, has said that the people in Gaza have nowhere to go and they are getting less and less.

“I feel ashamed and shocked that we’re doing this to fellow humans,” she said in an interview with Christiane Amanpour of CNN. “I am a daughter. My whole career and reason for getting up in the morning is to help people.”

Harrington is an obstetrician. She volunteered at the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Gaza to treat women and children.

She has been visiting Gaza since 2016 as part of a teaching group, but she has never been in a conflict. The infirmary where she was working was overwhelmed with a number of inpatients, emergencies, and trauma cases. According to Harrington, thousands of people were also taking shelter at the hospital.

The obstetrician, who returned from the territory in January, stated that the number of in-patients had swollen from 150 to 700 when she was working.

Israeli strikes through air and ground have killed more than 24,000 Palestinians since October 7 when Hamas launched a barrage of strikes..

“Children with… open fractures, partial amputations, open chest wounds, horrendous lacerations… and burns. And that was every day.”

She agreed that she saw some trucks that were turned back by the Israel Defence Forces at the border. Some of the trucks contained diapers.

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