Gaza’s medical staff ‘struggling to cope with influx of wounded’
Medical teams inside Gaza are running out of supplies to cope with the wounded after the deadliest day of anti-Israeli protests so far this year, UN aid agencies warned on Tuesday.
The development comes after 58 Palestinians lost their lives and more than 1,300 were injured by Israeli security forces at the border between the two communities on Monday.
Life-saving drugs are “urgently needed” in the Palestinian enclave, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which said in a statement that more than 10 years of blockade had undermined Gaza’s health-care capacity.
That message was echoed in Geneva by Jens Laerke from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“Medical facilities in Gaza are struggling to deal with the number of casualties, and the humanitarian coordinator there, Jamie McGoldrick, has expressed his deep concern by the tragedy unfolding in Gaza after visiting the Shifa Hospital. Mr. McGoldrick said that the medical teams at Shifa are overwhelmed, dealing with hundreds of cases of injured, including women and children; they are stretched to the limit and are running out of essential medical supplies. He stressed that public hospitals in Gaza have less than a week of fuel reserves to continue their operations.”
Call for restraint amid escalating violence against civilians in Myanmar
Escalating violence in Myanmar’s Kachin and Shan States, should be met with restraint from all sides involved in the fighting, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, has said.
OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville told journalists in Geneva that renewed clashes between government military and separatists had left tens of thousands of people in need of help in the northern and eastern regions:
“Some 7,400 people have been internally displaced in Kachin State since early April, and that adds to the 100,000 already displaced. About 2,000 of these civilians spent around four weeks trapped in the jungle after fleeing the fighting in the conflict zone of Awng Lat, but this weekend, they were reportedly relocated to other towns in Kachin. Many more remain trapped in areas of active fighting, with extremely difficult escape routes through mountains and forests, and in very desperate need of humanitarian support.”
At least 14 civilians were killed in attacks by armed groups in eastern Shan State on Saturday, Mr. Colville said, adding that the country’s military had reportedly used heavy weaponry in the region.
The OHCHR spokesperson urged the Government of Myanmar to help those who had been displaced by the protracted conflict, and to respect the right to freedom of assembly for demonstrators reportedly arrested in the capital, Yangon.
‘Frontier technologies’ hold promise to end poverty, claims UNCTAD
An appeal from one UN agency for us all to trust in technology, as it could help end poverty for good.
According to the UN trade and development agency, UNCTAD, cutting-edge ideas could solve our environmental, economic and social challenges.
In the health sector, these include artificial intelligence, which UNCTAD researchers say is now “more accurate than doctors” at diagnosing some cancers.
And they say that small businesses in some developing countries are also promoting sustainable development by promoting the use of industrial assembly line robots, particularly China.
UNCTAD’s report comes with the warning that society and policymakers may not be able to keep up with the rapid growth of advanced technology and the challenges it poses — not least the fact that entire factories may be almost entirely automated.