Think Out Loud

What’s being done to try to get those in Gaza medical and humanitarian aid

By Allison Frost (OPB)
June 6, 2024 11:35 p.m. Updated: June 7, 2024 8:06 p.m.

Broadcast: Friday, June 7

FILE: Palestinians storm trucks loaded with humanitarian aid brought in through a new U.S.-built pier, in the central Gaza Strip, May 18, 2024.

FILE: Palestinians storm trucks loaded with humanitarian aid brought in through a new U.S.-built pier, in the central Gaza Strip, May 18, 2024.

Abdel Kareem Hana / AP

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Since the Hamas attack on Oct. 7, Israel’s retaliatory air and ground military response has left Gaza in ruins. Less than a third of the hospitals there are intact and operating at even a diminished capacity. As Beaverton, Oregon, Dr. Ahmed Ebeid put it after he returned from a volunteer trip to the region, people are dying from war wounds even if they make it to a clinic or hospital due to a lack of capacity, medicine and basic medical supplies like gauze and surgical gloves. We talk with Ebeid, who returned in April from his second volunteer trip to Gaza this year, along with Arnaud Queim, the Middle East regional director for Portland-based Mercy Corps.

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