Palestinian hospital workers carry a body of one of the six members of the Gharabli family who were killed in an Israeli strike, at the Shifa hospital, in Gaza City, Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
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Inside Ashraf al-Qudra's cramped office in Shifa hospital, the phone never stops ringing, with news flooding in of the latest victims of Israel's devastating 20-day military operation.With over 1,000 people killed and more than 6,000 wounded, counting the dead is a full-time occupation for the 41-year-old spokesman for Gaza's emergency services.Figures released by the U.N.'s humanitarian agency OCHA indicate nearly three quarters of the victims were civilians and around a quarter of them children.And it says 18 hospitals, clinics and medical centers have been hit and damaged by Israeli shelling.Shifa is the largest of Gaza's seven hospitals, all of which have been working around the clock since the Israeli operation began July 8 with the aim of eradicating cross-border rocket fire, which later expanded into a ground operation.Like many ordinary Gazans, he struggles to support them.Despite his crucial role, Qudra, who recently qualified as a doctor, has not been paid for several months.
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