File - Sittah operates in Al-Awda Hospital in Gaza. (Photo courtesy of Sittah)
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Expecting demonstrations in the lead-up to the official opening of the U.S. Embassy in occupied Jerusalem on May 14, and on the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, or catastrophe, the next day, he prepared to enter the enclave once more to support the hospitals with their wounded in the event of fresh Israeli attacks.What he couldn't prepare himself for was how the crippling effect of the siege had radically changed the state in which people were being brought into his operating room.Even during the 2014 War, whenever he had to drive past it to get to the hospital, it would be bustling with Ramadan purchases.On May 14, the day that would bring more patients than the entirety of the 2014 War, the ambulances started coming in by early afternoon.Initially bringing one or two patients in each vehicle, within a couple of hours they started arriving back to back with six patients each.
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