He was in Gaza City earlier in January 2014 when Israel carried out an airstrike on Gaza City vegetable market. He sent an SMS text message to all his contacts outside Gaza appealing for help. The message quote: "FROM DR. MADS GILBERT IN GAZA: THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT. THEY BOMBED THE CENTRAL VEGETABLE MARKET IN GAZA CITY 2 HOURS AGO. 80 INJURED, 20 KILLED. ALL CAME HERE TO SHIFA. HADES! WE WADE IN DEATH, BLOOD AND AMPUTEES. MANY CHILDREN. PREGNANT WOMAN. I HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED ANYTHING THIS HORRIBLE. NOW WE HEAR TANKS. TELL IT, PASS IT ON, SHOUT IT. ANYTHING. DO SOMETHING! DO MORE! WE'RE LIVING IN HISTORY BOOKS NOW, ALL OF US!"
When Dr. Gilbert was returning to Gaza last month (Oct. 2014), he was stopped by Israeli soldiers at Erez border and told that he was banned from entering Gaza for life ... for ""security"" reasons.