Jerusalem Emergency Appeal

Massaked Hospital Emergency Room, Jerusalem


 Emergency Medical Support for Al Makassed Hospital

As widely reported, tensions have escalated in Jerusalem and across the West Bank in recent days following an Israeli government decision to place metal detectors and search worshippers at the entrance of Al-Aqsa mosque after two Israeli policemen were killed at the site on 14 July. At least four Palestinian civilians have been killed and more than 1,090 injured by Israeli police and military forces in mid-July, in the widespread Palestinian protests against the decision and ensuing clashes.

Of the more than 1,000 Palestinians injured, 29 were wounded with live ammunition, 374 with rubber bullets, 471 sustained injuries as a result of tear gas and 216 people suffered bruises, burns or broken bones as a result of beatings, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society. The age range of those injured was 14-65 years. 

Al Makassed is the only Arab hospital in East Jerusalem with an adequately equipped (although under-resourced) emergency room, and as such, it has been inundated with the latest round of Palestinian casualties. This has put a severe strain on the hospital’s limited resources and already consumed any surplus stocks.

 On one day alone (Friday 21st July) 120 people were treated at the hospital, many with serious head, chest and abdominal injuries. A significant number of patients required further laboratory tests and X-rays. A number of emergency operations were performed due to rubber bullet impact wounds and injuries caused by severe beatings. 

To add to these difficulties, Israeli soldiers and police stormed the Makassed Hospital four times (on the 17th, 18th, 21st and 28th of July) terrifying both staff and patients. In some cases they actually prevented doctors from providing emergency medical care to critically injured patients.

Since the situation is expected to remain extremely tense in the coming few weeks, (although the metal detectors are now being removed), Makassed Hospital needs urgent support for its operating theatres and to re-stock its essential emergency blood bank supplies.