Palestinian students walk past on May 8, 2019 the rubble of a building that was destroyed by Israeli air strikes in Gaza City. / AFP / MOHAMMED ABED
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A lack of health funding in Gaza means 1,700 people shot by Israeli security forces may have to have amputations in the next two years, Jamie McGoldrick, the U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for occupied Palestinian territory, told reporters Wednesday.A lack of funding to the World Food Programme and UNRWA, the U.N. humanitarian agency that supports Palestinians displaced by the 1948 war of Israel's founding, also meant there could be an interruption of food supplies for 1 million people.One teaching hospital was now only teaching trauma medicine, McGoldrick said, but the doctors on the ground did not have the technical ability to carry out the treatment required for the people at risk of amputation.There have already been 120 amputations, 20 of them in children, in the past year, he said.
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