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Palestinian-American doctor in Rafah warns Gaza health system “completely destroyed”

A Palestinian-American doctor spoke to CNN from Rafah on Monday about his experience treating patients with traumatic injuries in tents in southern Gaza City.

“Here, the health infrastructure has been completely destroyed. “We're basically the only trauma center and we operate out of tents to take care of any traumatic injuries and medical emergencies,” California emergency physician Dr. Mohammad Subeh told CNN's Michael Holmes. Like diabetes and high blood pressure.

“It's a night and day difference… For our facilities in California, we have the ability to divert patients from hospitals when it becomes dangerous to care for them.”

Lack of access to medical supplies also contrasts this, he said.

“We don't even have alcohol swabs in case I need to get an IV. “I have to clean your skin really well to make sure I don't introduce any infection…everything is stopped at the border,” he said.

“You do the best you can with the limited resources you have and as an emergency physician, you try to be creative to find quick solutions to stabilize people and save lives,” he said.

Subeh said there had been a “systematic and deliberate destruction of every element of infrastructure” in Gaza.

Israel has repeatedly maintained that its war was against Hamas and that it did not deliberately target civilians.

But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to press ahead with a military operation in Rafah, home to more than a million people who have fled fighting in other parts of Gaza.

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Many governments and aid agencies, including the UN, have called on Israel not to proceed, citing the risk to civilians.

A total of 30,410 people have been killed and 71,700 injured in Gaza since October 7, according to the latest figures released by the Gaza Ministry of Health on Sunday.

CNN could not independently confirm the figures because Gaza does not have international media access.

This Sunday, Vice President Kamala Harris called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, saying people in the region were facing “inhumane” conditions and starving, and urged Israel to “immediately provide aid to the people of Gaza.” One of the strongest moves ever made by an American official.