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 Television screens project the latest images of destruction from Gaza as a visitor watches on in the safe halls of Al-Makassed, East Jerusalem.  Al-Makassed hospital is one of several in East Jerusalem treating badly wounded Palestinian patients who have been transported from Gaza. 

Television screens project the latest images of destruction from Gaza as a visitor watches on in the safe halls of Al-Makassed, East Jerusalem. Al-Makassed hospital is one of several in East Jerusalem treating badly wounded Palestinian patients who have been transported from Gaza. 

 Ahad lies peacefully in her hospital bed unaware that her parents did not survive the Israeli airstrike that has put the 14-year-old in a coma. Because of the severity of the families loss, Ahad was granted special permission to seek advanced medical care in Al-MaKassed hospital in East Jerusalem,  as arranged and funded by the Palestinian Authority.

Ahad lies peacefully in her hospital bed unaware that her parents did not survive the Israeli airstrike that has put the 14-year-old in a coma. Because of the severity of the families loss, Ahad was granted special permission to seek advanced medical care in Al-MaKassed hospital in East Jerusalem, as arranged and funded by the Palestinian Authority.

 The aunt of Ahad peers through the curtains of her niece's hospital bed. Each patient is allowed one family member to accompany them on the journey.  It is Ahad's aunt who is caring for young girl in East Jerusalem because both of Ahad's parents were killed by the missile that hit their home. 

The aunt of Ahad peers through the curtains of her niece's hospital bed. Each patient is allowed one family member to accompany them on the journey.  It is Ahad's aunt who is caring for young girl in East Jerusalem because both of Ahad's parents were killed by the missile that hit their home. 

 Ahad's distressed aunt addresses the doctors outside of her hospital room because she is afraid the young girl, beginning to come out of her coma, might overhear information referring to the fate of her parents. 

Ahad's distressed aunt addresses the doctors outside of her hospital room because she is afraid the young girl, beginning to come out of her coma, might overhear information referring to the fate of her parents. 

  Mattresses, rolled up and stacked against the walls during the day, are donated by locals or   provided by the hospital to   serve as make-shift beds at night for relatives accompanying the injured. The   relatives   are under   strict orders to remain within the walls of the hospital, relying on the hospital to provide food and shelter in their temporary   visit  . 

Mattresses, rolled up and stacked against the walls during the day, are donated by locals or provided by the hospital to serve as make-shift beds at night for relatives accompanying the injured. The relatives are under strict orders to remain within the walls of the hospital, relying on the hospital to provide food and shelter in their temporary visit

 Al-MaKassed's staff are joined by volunteers to pass out plates of hot food to patients and the confined relatives. Upon hearing Gazans where being treated in the hospital, volunteers - mostly from East Jerusalem and the West Bank - make trips to the ward to help out, usually distributing gifts and donations to patients.

Al-MaKassed's staff are joined by volunteers to pass out plates of hot food to patients and the confined relatives. Upon hearing Gazans where being treated in the hospital, volunteers - mostly from East Jerusalem and the West Bank - make trips to the ward to help out, usually distributing gifts and donations to patients.

  Shajia  is the only one of her family that was injured when a missile hit her home in Gaza. She has been in a coma since July 11 and is waiting to undergo reconstructive skull surgery.

Shajia is the only one of her family that was injured when a missile hit her home in Gaza. She has been in a coma since July 11 and is waiting to undergo reconstructive skull surgery.

 Brightly colored balloons decorate  Shajia's  room. Volunteers hope that they will help give her strength to recover. Although she might regain consciousness, the doctors believe that she will be left with permanent brain damage. 

Brightly colored balloons decorate Shajia's room. Volunteers hope that they will help give her strength to recover. Although she might regain consciousness, the doctors believe that she will be left with permanent brain damage. 

 An identification photo of  Shajia  from before her trauma sits on the bed across from her. 

An identification photo of Shajia from before her trauma sits on the bed across from her. 

  The grandfather of Yemen, 6, a young victim from Gaza refuses to allow anyone inside the boys isolated room. Yemen is recovering from full body burns and responds badly to new people visiting him. 'The nights are the worst,' proclaims his grandfather, who is visibly exhausted by the overwhelming situation.

The grandfather of Yemen, 6, a young victim from Gaza refuses to allow anyone inside the boys isolated room. Yemen is recovering from full body burns and responds badly to new people visiting him. 'The nights are the worst,' proclaims his grandfather, who is visibly exhausted by the overwhelming situation.

 Hassan was transferred to Al-MaKassed from Shifa hospital in Gaza to seek emergency treating for his leg and first degree burns. He lost his wife in the attack and is seeking medical attention alone. 

Hassan was transferred to Al-MaKassed from Shifa hospital in Gaza to seek emergency treating for his leg and first degree burns. He lost his wife in the attack and is seeking medical attention alone. 

 "We have the right to live there like anyone else," says Hassan. He is looking forward to returning to Gaza as soon as he is released from the hospital.

"We have the right to live there like anyone else," says Hassan. He is looking forward to returning to Gaza as soon as he is released from the hospital.

 A doctors checks in on Hassan at Al-Makassed hospital, East Jerusalem. Hassan's daily visitors are the doctors that care for him or local Palestinians that come to show their support and offer social comforts. 

A doctors checks in on Hassan at Al-Makassed hospital, East Jerusalem. Hassan's daily visitors are the doctors that care for him or local Palestinians that come to show their support and offer social comforts. 

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 Doctors, nurses and staff gather outside Al-Makassed hospital for the funeral of a young man from Gaza. He arrived at 3am in the early hours but didn't make it through the night.

Doctors, nurses and staff gather outside Al-Makassed hospital for the funeral of a young man from Gaza. He arrived at 3am in the early hours but didn't make it through the night.

 Palestinian men crowd around Mohammad with cell phones and cameras in an effort to persevere some documentation of his death as hospital workers prepare his body for a traditional funeral precession before being transported back to Gaza for burial.

Palestinian men crowd around Mohammad with cell phones and cameras in an effort to persevere some documentation of his death as hospital workers prepare his body for a traditional funeral precession before being transported back to Gaza for burial.

  A stranger kisses the body of Mohammed during a funeral precession in East Jerusalem.

A stranger kisses the body of Mohammed during a funeral precession in East Jerusalem.

 A young child and her mother stop to watch the funeral precession. Around one hundred people have attended Mohammend's funeral despite the fact that he has never been to East Jerusalem before.

A young child and her mother stop to watch the funeral precession. Around one hundred people have attended Mohammend's funeral despite the fact that he has never been to East Jerusalem before.

 Draped in a Palestinian flag, Mohammed's body is loaded into the back of a Palestinian ambulance for the journey back to Gaza, roughly an hour and a half away. 

Draped in a Palestinian flag, Mohammed's body is loaded into the back of a Palestinian ambulance for the journey back to Gaza, roughly an hour and a half away. 

  Al-Makassed hospital has been treating patients from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip for more than 40 years. Although only a small number of Gazans have been able to reach East Jerusalem, and the hospital, because of the long permission paper process. A process that has become more arduous since the war began. 

Al-Makassed hospital has been treating patients from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip for more than 40 years. Although only a small number of Gazans have been able to reach East Jerusalem, and the hospital, because of the long permission paper process. A process that has become more arduous since the war began. 

Television screens project the latest images of destruction from Gaza as a visitor watches on in the safe halls of Al-Makassed, East Jerusalem. Al-Makassed hospital is one of several in East Jerusalem treating badly wounded Palestinian patients who have been transported from Gaza. 

Ahad lies peacefully in her hospital bed unaware that her parents did not survive the Israeli airstrike that has put the 14-year-old in a coma. Because of the severity of the families loss, Ahad was granted special permission to seek advanced medical care in Al-MaKassed hospital in East Jerusalem, as arranged and funded by the Palestinian Authority.

The aunt of Ahad peers through the curtains of her niece's hospital bed. Each patient is allowed one family member to accompany them on the journey.  It is Ahad's aunt who is caring for young girl in East Jerusalem because both of Ahad's parents were killed by the missile that hit their home. 

Ahad's distressed aunt addresses the doctors outside of her hospital room because she is afraid the young girl, beginning to come out of her coma, might overhear information referring to the fate of her parents. 

Mattresses, rolled up and stacked against the walls during the day, are donated by locals or provided by the hospital to serve as make-shift beds at night for relatives accompanying the injured. The relatives are under strict orders to remain within the walls of the hospital, relying on the hospital to provide food and shelter in their temporary visit

Al-MaKassed's staff are joined by volunteers to pass out plates of hot food to patients and the confined relatives. Upon hearing Gazans where being treated in the hospital, volunteers - mostly from East Jerusalem and the West Bank - make trips to the ward to help out, usually distributing gifts and donations to patients.

Shajia is the only one of her family that was injured when a missile hit her home in Gaza. She has been in a coma since July 11 and is waiting to undergo reconstructive skull surgery.

Brightly colored balloons decorate Shajia's room. Volunteers hope that they will help give her strength to recover. Although she might regain consciousness, the doctors believe that she will be left with permanent brain damage. 

An identification photo of Shajia from before her trauma sits on the bed across from her. 

The grandfather of Yemen, 6, a young victim from Gaza refuses to allow anyone inside the boys isolated room. Yemen is recovering from full body burns and responds badly to new people visiting him. 'The nights are the worst,' proclaims his grandfather, who is visibly exhausted by the overwhelming situation.

Hassan was transferred to Al-MaKassed from Shifa hospital in Gaza to seek emergency treating for his leg and first degree burns. He lost his wife in the attack and is seeking medical attention alone. 

"We have the right to live there like anyone else," says Hassan. He is looking forward to returning to Gaza as soon as he is released from the hospital.

A doctors checks in on Hassan at Al-Makassed hospital, East Jerusalem. Hassan's daily visitors are the doctors that care for him or local Palestinians that come to show their support and offer social comforts. 

Doctors, nurses and staff gather outside Al-Makassed hospital for the funeral of a young man from Gaza. He arrived at 3am in the early hours but didn't make it through the night.

Palestinian men crowd around Mohammad with cell phones and cameras in an effort to persevere some documentation of his death as hospital workers prepare his body for a traditional funeral precession before being transported back to Gaza for burial.

A stranger kisses the body of Mohammed during a funeral precession in East Jerusalem.

A young child and her mother stop to watch the funeral precession. Around one hundred people have attended Mohammend's funeral despite the fact that he has never been to East Jerusalem before.

Draped in a Palestinian flag, Mohammed's body is loaded into the back of a Palestinian ambulance for the journey back to Gaza, roughly an hour and a half away. 

Al-Makassed hospital has been treating patients from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip for more than 40 years. Although only a small number of Gazans have been able to reach East Jerusalem, and the hospital, because of the long permission paper process. A process that has become more arduous since the war began. 

 Television screens project the latest images of destruction from Gaza as a visitor watches on in the safe halls of Al-Makassed, East Jerusalem.  Al-Makassed hospital is one of several in East Jerusalem treating badly wounded Palestinian patients who have been transported from Gaza. 
 Ahad lies peacefully in her hospital bed unaware that her parents did not survive the Israeli airstrike that has put the 14-year-old in a coma. Because of the severity of the families loss, Ahad was granted special permission to seek advanced medical care in Al-MaKassed hospital in East Jerusalem,  as arranged and funded by the Palestinian Authority.
 The aunt of Ahad peers through the curtains of her niece's hospital bed. Each patient is allowed one family member to accompany them on the journey.  It is Ahad's aunt who is caring for young girl in East Jerusalem because both of Ahad's parents were killed by the missile that hit their home. 
 Ahad's distressed aunt addresses the doctors outside of her hospital room because she is afraid the young girl, beginning to come out of her coma, might overhear information referring to the fate of her parents. 
  Mattresses, rolled up and stacked against the walls during the day, are donated by locals or   provided by the hospital to   serve as make-shift beds at night for relatives accompanying the injured. The   relatives   are under   strict orders to remain within the walls of the hospital, relying on the hospital to provide food and shelter in their temporary   visit  . 
 Al-MaKassed's staff are joined by volunteers to pass out plates of hot food to patients and the confined relatives. Upon hearing Gazans where being treated in the hospital, volunteers - mostly from East Jerusalem and the West Bank - make trips to the ward to help out, usually distributing gifts and donations to patients.
  Shajia  is the only one of her family that was injured when a missile hit her home in Gaza. She has been in a coma since July 11 and is waiting to undergo reconstructive skull surgery.
 Brightly colored balloons decorate  Shajia's  room. Volunteers hope that they will help give her strength to recover. Although she might regain consciousness, the doctors believe that she will be left with permanent brain damage. 
 An identification photo of  Shajia  from before her trauma sits on the bed across from her. 
  The grandfather of Yemen, 6, a young victim from Gaza refuses to allow anyone inside the boys isolated room. Yemen is recovering from full body burns and responds badly to new people visiting him. 'The nights are the worst,' proclaims his grandfather, who is visibly exhausted by the overwhelming situation.
 Hassan was transferred to Al-MaKassed from Shifa hospital in Gaza to seek emergency treating for his leg and first degree burns. He lost his wife in the attack and is seeking medical attention alone. 
 "We have the right to live there like anyone else," says Hassan. He is looking forward to returning to Gaza as soon as he is released from the hospital.
 A doctors checks in on Hassan at Al-Makassed hospital, East Jerusalem. Hassan's daily visitors are the doctors that care for him or local Palestinians that come to show their support and offer social comforts. 
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 Doctors, nurses and staff gather outside Al-Makassed hospital for the funeral of a young man from Gaza. He arrived at 3am in the early hours but didn't make it through the night.
 Palestinian men crowd around Mohammad with cell phones and cameras in an effort to persevere some documentation of his death as hospital workers prepare his body for a traditional funeral precession before being transported back to Gaza for burial.
  A stranger kisses the body of Mohammed during a funeral precession in East Jerusalem.
 A young child and her mother stop to watch the funeral precession. Around one hundred people have attended Mohammend's funeral despite the fact that he has never been to East Jerusalem before.
 Draped in a Palestinian flag, Mohammed's body is loaded into the back of a Palestinian ambulance for the journey back to Gaza, roughly an hour and a half away. 
  Al-Makassed hospital has been treating patients from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip for more than 40 years. Although only a small number of Gazans have been able to reach East Jerusalem, and the hospital, because of the long permission paper process. A process that has become more arduous since the war began.