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Israeli campaign against Gaza further strains already fragile health sector

The Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip announced that the only COVID-19 laboratory in the coastal enclave has gone out of service as a result of the Israeli aggression that wreaked havoc on the health sector.
A Palestinian child who was wounded in overnight Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip, receives treatment at Al-Shifa Hospital on May 19, 2021 in Gaza City, Gaza.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Palestinian Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip recently announced that the only central laboratory for coronavirus tests in the coastal enclave has ceased to operate amid the Israeli shells that targeted the Health Ministry building, and Al-Rimal clinic on Al-Wehda Street in central Gaza City. 

Speaking at a May 17 press conference, the ministry’s undersecretary, Youssef Abu al-Rish, said that the Israeli shells interrupted phone medical consultation services for coronavirus patients as several of the medical personnel were wounded, one suffering a serious injury to the head. 

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