Abu-Sitta said there was no reason not to head back to Gaza now that hostilities have renewed. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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It's been a little bit more than a week since Abu-Sitta, chief plastic surgeon at the American University of Beirut Medical Center, returned from a medical mission at the Al-Shifa Hospital in the Gaza Strip.It was the seventh time Abu-Sitta had traveled to Palestine on a medical mission, but the scenes he witnessed on this trip to Gaza were, he says, unprecedentedly grim.The "intentional targeting of families," Abu-Sitta says, resulted in a grotesque number of young patients.Al-Shifa Hospital, the largest in Gaza, was bombed without warning while he was there.Despite the desperate conditions, Abu-Sitta did not leave Gaza because he wanted to.Because the Gaza-Egyptian border remains closed, Abu-Sitta explains that he was required to pass through Israel – using his British passport – in order to access Gaza. Back in Beirut for now, Abu-Sitta says that for him, the fever pitch of war has dimmed.
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