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Reference : V-F-CR-F-01278-N
Date : 06/08/2014
Country/Region : GAZA
Title : ICRC President Maurer shocked and shaken by the human cost of the conflict in Gaza
Duration : 00:03:39
Person appearing :
MAURER, Peter (president, ICRC)
DELLA TORRE, Mauro (chirurgien)
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Production company : ICRC
ICRC producer :
POWELL, Janet; AHMED, Rasha
Cameraman : NAYEF, Mohammed
Editor : NICHOLAS, Christopher
Production reference : AV205N
Description : ICRC President Maurer is in Gaza this week to see for himself the suffering of civilians and to meet ICRC and PRCS humanitarian staff. During the current ceasefire he was able to visit the neighbourhood of Shijaiya in Gaza City where thousands of homes have been reduced to dust and rubble in recent days of heavy bombardment and hostilities.
In Al Shifa Hospital, Gaza City, the President met medical staff and patients. Visiting the children’s ward he expressed his shock, “We have seen a lot of children here suffering a lot of serious injuries. And you can only be shocked and shaken by what you see as a consequence of the war here.”
He commented on the discrepancy between the provisions of international humanitarian law concerning protection of civilians and the reality faced by the people of Gaza during the month-long conflict, saying, “You see that people haven't been protected so there is a huge discrepancy between the law as it stands and the reality with which we’ re confronted today. And this is of course a huge challenge to an organization like the ICRC.“
Al Shifa Hospital is the largest referral hospital in Gaza, with over 600 beds. It has received the largest number of war wounded, killed and critical cases, and carried out the largest number of surgical operations of all the medical facilities in Gaza during the last month of hostilities. ICRC has supplied medical materials and two surgeons to assist resident staff.
Dr Mauro Della Torre an ICRC surgeon working in Al Shifa explains how the hospital has to treat hundreds of incoming wounded in a very short time frame, up to 160 wounded in 20 minutes, describing it as ‘very overcrowded, chaotic but functional’.
Original language : International soundtrack
English title : ICRC President Maurer shocked and shaken by the human cost of the conflict in Gaza
Colour/B&W : colour
SD/HD : HD
Resolution : 1920 x 1080
Aspect ratio : 16/9
Original material/format : ProRes 422
Best material/format available : ProRes 422

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