Ahmed Ayyad (L) holds the hand of his good friend Mohammed (R) as they walk in a street near his home on August 30, 2014 in the Shejaiya neighbourhood of Gaza City. AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDT
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Still in shock weeks after an Israel shell blast shredded his arm and killed four members of his family, Ahmad Ayyad is one of many wounded Gazans now needing long-term care.Staring blankly ahead and speaking softly, 23-year-old Ayyad sits in the waiting room for Gaza's only prosthetics center as he recalls the day that shrapnel raked his chest and his left arm, now amputated above the elbow.Unlike some of the wounded, who are staying in Jordanian, Egyptian and Turkish hospitals for treatment, Ayyad returned home after 14 days to start treatment at Gaza's Artificial Limbs and Polio Center.In Shujaiyeh, a team of nurses supported by staff from NGO Handicap International, that has been working in Gaza since 2007, was visiting 28-year-old Nahaya al-Angar.When a shell hit her house on July 20, she and her three children were buried beneath the rubble. Health workers from the Gaza Strip also suffered heavily themselves in the conflict.
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