Doctors treat three-year-old Yamin suffering from severe burns and multiple fractures at the Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, on August 3, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ MOHAMMED ABED
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The tiny boy is just one of hundreds of burn victims and those wounded by Israeli shell fire overwhelming Gaza's sole working operating theater for reconstructive surgeons.The survivors transfer to an operating table, sometimes the modest one in the burns unit, the only one in the whole of Gaza that reconstructive surgeons can use.For the past month, every day brings deliveries of bodies, wounded people and trauma to Gaza's hospitals.A third of hospitals have been hit during the fighting and the violence has prevented nearly half of medical staff from reaching the clinics and health centers that are still standing.On this day in the burns unit, medical workers paint an antibacterial ointment onto little Yamin, naked, frail and frightened.Maybe the best thing for the tiny tot, they say, would be to evacuate him from Gaza. To get him far away from the horrors of the war.
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