GAZA, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- A team of medical specialists from Spain, including surgeons, conducted 13 different surgeries in Gaza's main hospitals for children with congenital malformations, official source said Sunday.
Mahmoud Mattar, head of department of orthopedic surgery at Shifa Hospital in Gaza city, said that the Spanish medical delegation wrapped up a five-day visit in the Gaza Strip.
"Surgeries were performed to 13 children who suffer from congenital malformations, or birth defect, and also to patients with foot and ankles problems," he said.
Mattar also said that a unique and selective services are provided by the team to special cases, as patients were unable to travel abroad due to the tight blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip.
Marwan Abu Seda, director of Shiffa Hospital said that the Spanish doctors and physicians followed up all the surgeries and said that all were "well-done."
The Gaza Strip, with a population of around two million Palestinians, is under Israeli blockade for more than ten years.
"Besides the suffering from the consequences of the Israeli blockade, hospitals in the Gaza Strip are lacking medications and medical equipment that Israel refuse to ship to Gaza," said Abu Seda.