BEIRUT: Health care workers from around the Arab world paid tribute to the more than 2,100 Palestinians killed in the 50-day Gaza conflict at a conference that began in Beirut Thursday.
The conference for the General Secretariat of the Arab Union for Health Workers will take place over the next four days at the Gefinor Rotana Hotel in Beirut’s Clemenceau neighborhood.
Launched under the patronage of Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi, the conference brings together dozens of health sector professionals from around the Arabic-speaking world.
Gaza was the focus of all the participants who gave keynote speeches at the conference’s launch.
The president of the General Confederation of Lebanese workers, Ghassan Ghosn, asked the room to stand in remembrance of the “martyrs of Gaza,” as well as the recent efforts of the Lebanese Army to combat terrorism.
Other speakers also asked that attendees keep “the displaced from Syria and Iraq in Lebanon” in their thoughts and criticized the “Zionist enemy’s” recent military campaign against Gaza.
The Israeli government and Hamas movement reached a tentative cease-fire this week that has the international community hoping the end of the latest operation, which has also killed 64 Israeli soldiers and four civilians, is in sight. The United Nations and Palestinian officials have said that as many as 69 percent of the deaths in Gaza were civilians.