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WHO calls for a corridor to evacuate Gaza wounded

A Palestinian youth walks on debris as he inspects damages following an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City July 24, 2014. (AFP Photo/Mohammad Abed)

GENEVA: The World Health Organization called Friday for a humanitarian corridor to be set up in Gaza to allow aid workers to evacuate the wounded and bring in life-saving medicines.

In a statement, the U.N. health agency said that four hospitals, including Al-Aqsa hospital in the coastal strip, had been damaged in the conflict that began on July 8 when Israel launched airstrikes, followed by a ground invasion.

"WHO calls for the creation of a humanitarian corridor for the evacuation of the injured, as well as for the supply of life-saving medicines. The humanitarian corridor should extend to protect the safe passage of patients to access crossing points and exit outside the Gaza Strip for medical care."

 

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