June 06, 2024

Duckworth Meets with Dr. Hamawy, Convenes Senate Roundtable to Discuss Conditions in Gaza


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) yesterday met with Dr. Adam Hamawy, one of 19 doctors and members of the Palestinian American Medical Association (PAMA) who recently returned home after being trapped in Gaza where they were providing humanitarian medical assistance. Duckworth also hosted a briefing with several of her Senate colleagues with Dr. Hamawy to hear directly about his experience and the experience of doctors on the ground providing humanitarian and medical aid in Gaza.  

“I am beyond relieved that Dr. Hamawy and his entire team safely left Gaza and could reunite with their families,” Duckworth said. “I was honored to have Dr. Hamawy join us and share his experiences on the ground in Gaza, underscoring the urgent need for more lifesaving aid and medical care. Aid workers and innocent civilians should always be protected, and the Netanyahu administration must work to open the Rafah crossing, do more to support critical evacuations and allow much more humanitarian and medical aid and volunteer medical professionals into Gaza to help alleviate the suffering of innocent civilians there.”

Duckworth was active with working alongside the Biden Administration to help Dr. Hamawy and his colleagues depart Gaza. Earlier this year Duckworth hosted a similar briefing with a group of doctors who had either been in Gaza or were working with doctors there—including Illinois’s Dr. Zaher Sahloul—to give a sobering firsthand analysis of the dire circumstances on the ground.