| Stories |Israeli Wars on Gaza Double Number of the Deaf

Gaza,(Alresalah.ps)-- On the night of the 27th of July 2014, the Palestinian family of Badah experienced a very bad tragedy as the  Israeli warplanes bombed a taxi  near Shifa Hospital in  Gaza City, which was driven by their son Qasim.

Qasim, 33 years old, was badly injured and he was moved to hospital and stayed in the  ICU.

After being slightly recovered, he needed a continued treatment so he moved between  Gaza, Egypt and Jordan.

He was semi paralyzed and he lost ability to hear via his ears. He was forced to install a manufactured hearing skull as he was completely deaf because of the incident. After he had the surgery made, he returned to Gaza.

Yet, He could  hear nothing. People have to use  signal language to communicate with him. He stated that he needs to install a new skull which costs some 27,000 dollars.

This is not the only case in the Gaza strip who lost hearing because of Israeli war,  as there are hundreds of people who suffered  hearing loss during the last Israeli war on Gaza.

For example,  Mohammed Meqbil, 27 years old, has his elder daughter Ameera turned to deaf girl although she was born healthy.

Mohammed said that in the Israeli war 2014, his wife gave birth in the hospital, and while they were going home, Israeli warplane bombed a car that was travelling close to the family. The family ran away to survive, but after several  month we discovered that the vast bombing has damaged the ears of Ameera.

 He noted that Ameera does not respond or interact with voices, so we went to doctors who said that the explosion has damaged her capacity of hearing.  

"Doctors told us she is deaf. Bodies of the deaf in the Gaza strip stated that there are more than 38 thousand deaf people in the Gaza strip, noting that the Israeli bombing aggravates the number. "Ameera's Father said.

It should be noted that losing hearing could take place because of  several reasons, mainly the continued bombardment by warplanes.

According to the World Health Organization, the hearing loss in the Gaza strip is one of the highest rates in the world.

Dr. Rajaa Sharaf,  President audiology department at Hamad Hospital, confirmed that there was a remarkable increase in the number of the people with hearing loss recently, especially after the Israeli  war on  the Gaza Strip in 2014.

Sharaf explained that losing  hearing has become significantly widespread among people from all ages in the Gaza Strip. She said that  the ratio of the deaf  in Gaza is so  high if  compared with countries around.

She noted that most cases could not hear in one ear, which is treatment by installing manufactured speaker especial to the ear.

Israel waged a war on the Gaza strip using all its weaponry arsenal, killing some 2500 people and injuring some 15 others.