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The World Health Organization warns of the worsening health crisis in the West Bank

Geneva (UNI/WAFA) - The World Health Organization has warned of the worsening health crisis in the West Bank, as a result of attacks on medical facilities and strict restrictions imposed by the Israeli occupation forces.

In a press statement, the UN agency called for “immediate and effective protection of civilians and the health system in the West Bank.”

Since the start of the comprehensive Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people on October 2023, 546, 133 citizens have been martyred in the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, including 5200 children, and more than XNUMX others have been injured.

The organization expressed its regret that the influx of infected people increases the burden of “emergency care in health institutions that are already suffering from pressure” and can only operate at 70% of their capacity due to lack of funds.

The World Health Organization recorded 480 attacks on health facilities or ambulances in the West Bank between October 7 and May 28, killing 16 people and wounding 95 others.

According to the World Health Organization, access to health care is also complicated in the West Bank due to the closure of checkpoints, increasing insecurity, and the closure of entire villages.

The organization said that the serious financial crisis, exacerbated by Israel’s withholding of Palestinian tax funds since October 7, has led to “health workers receiving only half of their salaries for almost a year” while “45% of essential medicines are out of stock.”

The occupation government withholds more than 6 billion shekels of clearing funds, which are taxes collected by the Israeli Finance Ministry, on imported goods monthly, and transfers them to the Palestinian Ministry of Finance.

The financial crisis affected the financing of the Ministry of Health’s budget, which had a negative impact on the health sector in Palestine, and affected the operational capacity, supply, and even the basic stock of medicines and medical consumables in the Ministry’s central warehouses.

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