Injured Gazans desperate for Rafah crossing to reopen: “Help us travel so we can get treatment”

From Global News.

Injured Palestinians in Gaza are desperate for the border crossing in Rafah to reopen so they can access medical care amid Israel’s war with Hamas.

Ni’ma Ali Imad is desperate to get her wounded son Mohammed out of Gaza for the medical treatment that doctors say they cannot provide in the Palestinian enclave. Five-year-old Mohammed lost his sight and suffered a head wound during Israeli shelling. But, like many other wounded Palestinians, he is stuck in a Gaza hospital waiting, because the Rafah crossing on the border with Egypt is closed.

The closure has not only left foreign aid piling up on the Egyptian side of the border as a humanitarian crisis in Gaza worsens. It has also shut down a vital evacuation route for people in Gaza needing urgent medical care abroad.

Gaza’s medical system has virtually collapsed under Israel’s bombardment, witnesses say, and Palestinian doctors say they are not equipped to help Mohammed Imad regain his sight and treat his head wound.

"The doctors here did what they could, but we still need the official sides [authorities] to cooperate with us and open the border crossing, because this is a child, and we would want him to live like other children in the world," Ni’ma said at Al Aqsa Martyrs hospital in Deir al-Balah in central Gaza. "We hope that you will be able to open the Rafah border crossing for the humanitarian cases, so that they can receive treatment, and be provided with medication, so the boy can once again see with his eyes."

The hospital’s spokesman, Dr. Khalil al-Dakran, said reopening the border was vitally important.

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