Dr. Khalid Abu Ajwa examines the scarred arm of 9-year old Zacaria Syam in the Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City. The boy was severely injured in an Israeli bombing during the 2014 war in Gaza. Ten family members died in the attack, including his mother. Because of the Israeli blockade of Gaza, the physician says the family cannot obtain a medicine that needed to treat the scars.
The Anglican Church-affiliated hospital is a member of the ACT Alliance.
The 2014 war provoked serious damage to Gaza's health infrastructure. Seventeen hospitals, 56 primary health care facilities and 45 ambulances were damaged or destroyed. Sixteen health care workers were killed and 83, most of them ambulance drivers and volunteers, were injured.