Gaza demo aftermath worse than war: Surgeon

Surgeons from medical charity Doctors without Borders performing surgery at a hospital in Deir al-Balah, Gaza, on a Palestinian man who had received a bullet in his leg during Monday's protests. An alliance of international medical-aid organisations
A wounded Palestinian at the Shifa hospital in Gaza on Tuesday. Staff at the hospital, which has admitted about 500 injured in the clashes along the Israeli border, has had to deal with a dire lack of medications. "It hurts me to see so many new victims," said surgeon Subhi Skaik.PHOTO: NYTIMES
Surgeons from medical charity Doctors without Borders performing surgery at a hospital in Deir al-Balah, Gaza, on a Palestinian man who had received a bullet in his leg during Monday's protests. An alliance of international medical-aid organisations
Surgeons from medical charity Doctors without Borders performing surgery at a hospital in Deir al-Balah, Gaza, on a Palestinian man who had received a bullet in his leg during Monday's protests. An alliance of international medical-aid organisations has criticised the actions of the Israeli army. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

The Palestinian territory is recovering from the horrors after the bloody clashes on the border with Israel on Monday. Meanwhile, UN condemns Israel's use of deadly force.

"That was worse than war," said Dr Subhi Skaik, on the telephone from Gaza. Until late Monday night, the 62-year-old surgeon had been helping to treat the approximately 500 injured admitted to Shifa - Gaza's largest hospital.

Dr Skaik does not lack the experience to make such comparisons.Until retiring two years ago, he headed the surgical department there, often in wartime. On Monday he went back to help.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 17, 2018, with the headline 'Gaza demo aftermath worse than war: Surgeon'. Print Edition | Subscribe