A Huge Loss’: Israel’s Killing of Top Doctors Further Strains Overwhelmed Gaza Health System

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      Dr. Ayman Abu al-Ouf, head of internal medicine at Al-Shifa Hospital, died with an unspecified number of relatives when Israeli missiles struck his family’s home in the al-Wehda district of Gaza early Sunday. At least 33 people were killed in the attack, according to Al Jazeera.

      Speaking about al-Ouf’s death, former student and Al-Shifa colleague Dr. Osaid Alser told Al Jazeera: “It is a shock for me and for the entire medical community. He is one of the most senior internal medicine doctors in Gaza… That means a huge loss to the medical community.”

      Dr. Mooein Ahmad al-Aloul, a 66-year-old psychiatric neurologist, was also killed during the Israeli bombardment of al-Wehda on Sunday. His daughter Aya, who survived the attack, told The Guardian she was “lying awake chatting with a friend on WhatsApp while my mum and dad were sleeping, when suddenly the sound of the bombing started violently.”

      “Within a second it was black. I couldn’t see anything, and I found myself on the ground in the street,” she said. “There was a lot of concrete on top of me. My mother was next to me under a lot of rubble too. I got out and I tried to free my mother, but I could not,” she added. “I ran until I found a street with lights on, and started screaming loudly. Then neighbors came and I asked them to get my mother out.” The woman ultimately survived the attack.

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