Australian surgeons operate in Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two Australian surgeons are performing specialist operations in hospitals in the Gaza Strip, the union of health care committees said.

Professor David Croaker, who specializes in urological surgeries, pediatric orthopedic surgeon Professor Angus Gray and nurse Paul Chicchio will work in the Al-Awda Hospital in Jabalia in northern Gaza and the Al-Awda health care center in Gaza City until the end of June.

The surgeons’ work will include complicated operations that are not usually available in the besieged coastal enclave on children who don’t have Israel’s permission to leave the territory, the union said in a statement.

The union said visiting medics helped to break Israel’s illegal siege and built the capacity of local staff.

The delegation is funded by the Australian foundation Kind Cuts for Kids.

(www.maannews.net /18.06.2011)

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