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International Red Cross dispatches war surgeons to help Gaza cope with protest casualties

Caseload of 1,350 complex cases and 13,000 injured total would ‘overwhelm any healthcare system in the world’, director says

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Palestinian protesters carry an injured man who was shot by Israeli troops during a deadly protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, 14 May ( AP )

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said it is dispatching two teams of conflict and trauma surgeons to the Gaza Strip to help deal with the “massive” care needs and mounting numbers of casualties from weeks of violent protests.

At least 116 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli troops and 13,000 injured in clashes on the Gaza-Israel border since March in demonstrations against Gaza’s deteriorating living standards and the US’ decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to the contested city of Jerusalem.

“The recent demonstrations and violence that took place along the Gaza border… have triggered a health crisis of unprecedented magnitude in this part of the world,” ICRC director Robert Mardini told reporters at a news conference in Geneva on Thursday.

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