A year ago, Ezzedine al-Baz’s decision to skip work and join tens of thousands at the first day of protests along the Gaza-Israel border nearly cost him his life. Baz, then 29, said he had been standing a couple of hundred metres from the border fence for only about a half an hour when an Israeli sniper’s bullet pierced his leg. Five operations and multiple infections later, he is missing a chunk of bone, his leg remains strapped in a metal case and he will likely never walk as before. “It has been a year that I have been suffering, there is still pain,” he said from a clinic run by medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Gaza City. “At night I don’t sleep at all. If I had known, I would have stayed at work.” A year after the start of protests and clashes on the Gaza-Israel border, more than 200 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire. But beyond those killed, thousands of others wounded have been largely forgotten. There have also been knock-on impacts for the Palestinian territory’s already beleaguered health system. Hundreds of those shot remain at risk of infection and amputation, while Israel has… Read full this story
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