Send a message of goodwill to our teams in Palestine
We have over 350 staff in Gaza and the West Bank. Almost all are Palestinian, a mix of medical, logistic and administrative professionals.
Before the siege in Gaza began, our staff there were using their skills to run Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) projects specialising in the treatment of severe burns and traumatic injuries. The team took a long-term, holistic approach, helping patients recover not only through surgical care, but also physiotherapy, occupational therapy, health education and psychosocial support.
Since the horrific attacks of 7 October, and the devastating siege that has followed, our colleagues in Gaza have been living through an unprecedented bombardment. Hospitals, ambulances, and so-called “safe zones” have come under fire. Thousands of people have been killed, including MSF colleagues and their family members. Meanwhile our teams in the West Bank are also witnessing intensifying violence there.
If you would like to send a message of goodwill to our staff in Palestine, please use the form provided. We will send these to our coordination teams, to be shared with the wider team as and when it is possible to do so.
Whilst our teams in Gaza continue to do what they can in sometimes impossible circumstances, we must be clear that this in no way meets the vast scale of the humanitarian needs there. We continue to call, in the strongest terms, for a #CeasefireNow.
Portraits of some of our staff in Palestine
- Mohammed ABED
Marwa - MSF psychologist
Marwa Abu Al Nour, is an MSF psychologist. On November 28 she said: "I’ve been working with MSF for 3 years. We are now in Martyrs clinic, in Khan Yunis, in the south of Gaza. We are providing mental health support to all people who are here, especially the internally displaced. I have a group of displaced children from either the North or from Khan Yunis. As a psychologist, the most common things I see among children are nightmares, bed-wetting, anxiety, fear. We try as much as possible to give them support via recreational activities. After that, we will work with the mothers through psychoeducation to explain to them what might happen to them because of the situation and how can they deal with it."
Mohammed - MSF surgeon
Dr Mohammed Obeid is an MSF surgeon who was working at Al-Shifa hospital in the north of Gaza before the hospital became non-operational. On November 10 he sent a voice note describing the situation: "We're on the fourth floor. There's a sniper who attacked four patients inside the hospital. One of the patients has a gunshot wound directly in his neck, and he is a quadriplegic, and the other one [was shot] in the abdomen [...] We have two neonate patients who died, because the incubator is not working because there is no electricity."
- Mohammed ABED
Jameel - MSF nurse
Jameel Awad Allah, is an MSF nurse. He used to work in Al Awda hospital, in the north of the Strip, but has moved to the south because of the violence. He shared this update on November 28: "I am now in the Martyrs Clinic in Khan Yunis, working with the emergency cases. Most of the cases that we receive here are because of the war, from shrapnel or fractures. We also have patients with chronic diseases like diabetic feet. We have burns cases. Today we received a case that is linked to complications of chronic diseases, infections, viruses and bacteria that many people have due to the overcrowded living conditions in shelters like centres and schools."