File - A Palestinian girl who fled an Israeli ground offensive and air strikes, stands near makeshift tents in the garden of the Shifa hospital in Gaza City July 31, 2014.REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly
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Gaza morgue worker numbed as bodies pile upThe sheer number of bodies he's had to deal with at Gaza City's Al-Shifa Hospital morgue has numbed Musa Hassan to the anguish.Nearly 1,500 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in Israel's Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, where 1.8 million people are packed inside a 363-square-kilometer area the size of Detroit.Al-Shifa Hospital, the largest in Gaza and one of six still functioning after the Israeli strikes, is on the war's front line.Ambulances raced one morning between Al-Shifa and a six-story apartment building witnesses said was hit by Israeli warplanes.Since the conflict began, at least 6,650 patients have been admitted to Al-Shifa, said Nasser al-Tattar, the hospital's director.Even before the war began, 30 percent of medicines and half of disposable surgical equipment was out of stock at Gaza's central pharmaceutical warehouse, according to a World Health Organization report in December. While Egypt has been involved in efforts to mediate a cease-fire, it hasn't thrown open its Rafah crossing with Gaza to the war wounded, though it says it sent humanitarian aid.
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