This report covers the period of 09/01/2009 (09:00am) till 10/01/2009 (09:00am)
For the 14th consecutive day of the Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip, PRCS is still at its highest level of alert in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).
PRCS is deeply concerned over the use of the Israeli army of certain weapons that has not been used before in the oPt. PRCS medical teams confirmed the Israeli army uses of unknown Gaz which smells bad and cause the loose of consciousness, difficulties in breathing and headache.
Yesterday, the PRCS medical teams transported 25 cases who received Gaz inhalation in Jabaliya area. According to PRCS teams this unknown Gaz has spread in an area of approximately four square kilo meters.
PRCS condemns the Israeli army's continuous targeting of civilians and their properties and hampering the access of medical personnel and ambulances to casualties. This delay by the Israeli army led to the dying of many wounded people as a result of not accessing urgent medical attention. The health and environmental situation in Gaza Strip is alarming. Many dead bodies are still scattered in the streets and under the rubbles of the destroyed houses in most of the affected areas, mainly Al Siefeh, Al Atatra, Al Samoneh, Al Zaytoon, Al Megraqa, Al Rayyes, Al Kashef, Izbet Abed Rabbo and the Bedouins area near Beit Hanoun. The inability of the medical teams to evacuate the dead led to the decomposition of bodies due to the fact that the medical teams are not able to enter these areas, despite of all the ICRC coordination efforts. Today, the ICRC' coordination efforts succeeded to enter certain areas. PRCS ambulances and its medical teams escorted by ICRC vehicles will proceed to Jabaliya, Al Atatra and Al Zaytoon areas to evacuate the injuries and deaths.
PRCS remains extremely concerned over the Israeli army excessive use of force which flagrantly violates the principle of proportionality. A large number of civilians wounded and killed as a result of the heavy Israeli air strikes and indiscriminate bombardments all over the Gaza strip.
During the past 24 hours, the PRCS ambulances and medical teams were dispatched to at least 30 locations, where Israeli army conducted air strikes, land and see bombardments. According to PRCS records, 15 deaths and 77 injuries, including children, women, elderly and journalists, were transported by PRCS ambulances and medical teams.
Table of the total number of casualties:
Total number of Deaths
Men & Elderly
Total number of injuries
Total number of deaths and injuries served by PRCS medical teams and ambulances:
Situation in Gaza hospitals:
Gaza Strip hospitals and medical premises have suffered severe shortages of medical supplies over the past 18 months' blockade and are not equipped enough to receive mass casualties. Hospital Operating Rooms are overflowing, and running out of essential medicines. Hospitals and other medical facilities are also understaffed and not able to respond to the load of injuries. Hospitals were being overwhelmed with patients and were running out of space and supplies.
Palestine Red Crescent Intervention:
According to the PRCS EMS stations records, approximately 1721 persons and 484 fatalities were transported by the PRCS ambulances since the beginning of the military operation.
PRCS with the coordination of UNRWA assisted three Palestinian families who left there homes for safety.
Today, two PRCS ICU ambulances assisted in transporting wounded cases from Al Shifa hospital to Rafah border.
Since the beginning of the Israeli offensive, around 200 PRCS volunteers, 60 medics and 120 medical staff were actively involved in providing emergency care in Gaza Strip.
PRCS evacuated some of its premises for safety reasons. Since eight days, PRCS EMS station in Jabaliya has been evacuated for safety reasons. Although the PRCS is doing coordination with the ICRC to allow the ambulances and the medical teams enter these locations to evacuate injuries and deaths, and to ensure their safety, PRCS ambulances and medical teams still have no access to the affected areas, which resulted in the death of several wounded. PRCS faces a problem in the communication networks particularly in the northern part of Gaza Strip. In addition, PRCS EMS stations in Gaza faces the cut of telephone network, affecting the respond of the 101 to people's calls. An alternative line was organized, and the PRCS calls upon the people in Gaza city to contact the PRCS operations room in Gaza and PRCS Al Quds hospital if there is any emergency.
Medical Disposables and surgical kits Medical First Aid Kits Inter Agency Health Kits (WHO) Hygiene and cleaning kits Spare parts to the ambulances that received damage. Repair and restore the damages of the PRCS premises.
Donate to alleviate the humanitarian suffering in Gaza:
PRCS launched Gaza emergency appeal 2009 that could be access through PRCS website www.palestinercs.og
Direct donations could be done through Palestine red crescent special account number 9090- 652753/513 - Arab Bank - Ramallah Al Balad Branch, Swift No. ARABPS 22090 - Correspondent Bank: CREDIT SUISSE (HEAD OFFICE) - ZURICH CH - SWIFT CODE: CRESCHZZ80A OUR USD ACC. # 0835080431314780 THROUGH: AMERICAN EXPRESS SWIFT CODE: AEIBUS33 - ROUTING # 026001591
Donate online through special account at Map Canada
You can donate on line by clicking on the link http://www.mapcan.org/english.html and click on donations, then select the button donate now of Canadahelps
Select Medical aid for Palestine, then Emergency Campaign for Gazafor the fund designation and finally write for PRCS in the note section..