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MSF responds to the crisis in Gaza

An MSF midwife checks on a mother and her child, who was born in the maternity ward of the Emirati hospital in Rafah. Palestine, January 2024.


An unprecedented humanitarian crisis continues in Gaza. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams are working to treat wounded people and provide overwhelmed hospitals with medical supplies, as indiscriminate airstrikes and a state of siege threaten millions of adults and children.

MSF is horrified by Hamas’ massacre in Israel on Oct. 7, and we are horrified by Israel’s response.

One of our Palestinian colleagues, a doctor who was in Rafah with her family, sent this text message to MSF teams in Palestine on Feb. 13: “I have written the names of my children and my family on their wrists and their legs, so that we can be identified if we are bombed and our place is destroyed.”

On Feb. 22, MSF secretary general Christopher Lockyear, in an address to the United Nations Security Council, demanded an immediate and sustained ceasefire in Gaza.

“Our patients have catastrophic injuries, amputations, crushed limbs and severe burns,” Lockyear said. “They need sophisticated care. They need long and intensive rehabilitation. Medics cannot treat these injuries on a battlefield or in the ashes of destroyed hospitals. Our surgeons are running out of basic gauze to stop their patients from bleeding out. They use it once, squeeze out the blood, wash it, sterilize it and reuse it for the next patient.”

MSF teams continue to provide humanitarian and medical care, including surgery, post-operative care, maternity care, mental health support and water distribution, in Gaza where and when possible. But this is all a drop in the ocean in comparison to people’s needs. MSF continues to call for an immediate and sustained ceasefire, meaningful safety assurances for humanitarian workers and the end to the inhumane blockade to ensure people receive lifesaving assistance.