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Letters Health care crisis in Gaza Daniela Rotin PhD Yet as she “draws with great flair Glasses Senior Scientist, The Hospital for Sick and funny faces on all of them” she regis- Children ters an innocent's protest against the forces We, the 8 coauthors of this letter and Mark D. Minden MD PhD that strip people of their liveliness, their hu- the 59 Canadian physicians and scien- Staff Physician and Senior Scientist, mour, this distinct and colourful personali- tists who have reviewed and endorsed Ontario Cancer Institute, Princess ties, and ultimately their lives. it, are writing in response to 2 articles Margaret Hospital in the Mar. 17, 2009, issue of CMAJ: Jerome Teitel MD CMAJ regrets the error and apologizes “Gaza’s health care system crippled St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Ont. for any inconvenience it may have before — and after” by Christopher caused. The authors’ full affiliations and the names of the Mason and “On the ground in the Gaza 59 physicians and scientists who endorsed this Strip” by François Dumont. letter can be found online at www.cmaj.ca/cgi The death of noncombatant civilians /eletters/180/6/610#90551 REFERENCE in Gaza, in Israel, or in any conflict is a 1. Downie G. Trauma relived. CMAJ 2009;180(5):544 tragedy. However, both articles failed to Competing interests: None declared. DOI:10.1503/cmaj.090923 point out that the large majority of the casualties in Gaza were not civilians but combatants. We also found it regrettable REFERENCES that neither article addressed the role of 1. Mason C. Gaza’s health care system crippled be- Hamas, the government elected by the fore — and after. CMAJ 2009;180:608-9. Letters to the editor 2. Dumont F. Dispatch from the medical front: on the citizens of Gaza, in precipitating the cri- ground in the Gaza Strip. CMAJ 2009;180:610. In submitting a letter, you auto- sis among its own people. The Hamas DOI:10.1503/cmaj.1090038 matically consent to have it appear military launched rockets and fired on Is-
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