Jamal Doghmosh, a 48-year-old Palestinian mechanic who was injured in an Israeli air strike, receives a visit from relatives and friends at Shifa hospital in Gaza City August 9, 2014. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola
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The attack came from the air in the afternoon, smashing Jamal Doghmosh's Gaza workshop to pieces, pitting his chest with shrapnel and severing his left arm.Authorities in tiny, densely populated Gaza say over 1,900 Palestinians have been killed and at least 9,000 wounded by Israeli airstrikes and shelling, a toll worse than the last two bouts of war combined, dating to 2008-09 .It has prevented most people with amputations from being fitted with artificial limbs because Gaza lacks the equipment for testing and making them, Zant said.The charity also worries that physically disabled people may struggle to evacuate before attacks.Before the conflict, there were already between 100,000-200,000 handicapped people in the Gaza Strip out of a population of 1.8 million, Zerr said, citing local and international statistics which vary depending on definition.The latest conflict has added many more physically disabled: Surgeons working in two of Gaza City's main hospitals estimate that around 80 percent of the patients they treated will not fully recover.Ambulance driver Akram al-Awour hopes to go abroad for treatment. He was trying to collect injured civilians in Gaza late last month when he was caught in a missile strike.
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