World Health Organization’s Monthly Report on Health Emergencies for October 2023: Issue 18

The escalating hostilities in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory since 7 October 2023 have had a significant impact on the physical and mental health of civilians. As of 14 November 2023, there have been over 1200 deaths, 5400 injuries, 239 hostages, and 33 attacks on health care in Israel. In Gaza, there have been 11,500 deaths and 29,000 injuries, while the West Bank has reported 195 deaths and 2625 injuries. The occupied Palestinian territory has also seen a total of 273 attacks on health care.

In response to these escalating hostilities, the World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting health authorities in both Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. WHO is calling for unimpeded and safe access for humanitarian aid to Gaza, for patients to receive care where they are, for the protection of health care at all times, and for a humanitarian ceasefire. Additionally, WHO is calling for the immediate release of all hostages and urgent access to each of them along with medical care.

To meet the humanitarian needs in the occupied Palestinian territory, particularly in Gaza, WHO is appealing for US$ 110 million. They are also seeking US$ 30 million for readiness in Egypt, Jordan

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