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Fuel shortage threatens lives in Gaza's hospitals

Generators powering Gaza's hospitals are running out of fuel [TNA]

Date of publication: 28 November, 2016

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Gaza's ministry of health has warned that fuel is urgently needed to replenish generators powering hospitals in the besieged coastal strip.
A fuel crisis is threatening the generators keeping Gaza's hospitals running with the Palestinian enclave's ministry of health warning that patients could be transferred if more gasoline is not obtained.

The spokesman for the Palestinian ministry of health, Ashraf al-Qadr, told The New Arab that the sector needs 420,000 litres a month of fuel to run a generator for eight hours a day- expected to increase due to more power cuts.

He added that the "al-Durra" hospital has been the hardest hit and appeals had been made to international organisations to help obtain the necessary fuel.  

The crisis is likely to worsen after a Turkish grant given in order to support hospitals expires in December, and the electricity crisis in the blockaded coastal strip is set to worsen.

The fuel crisis in Gaza has been on-going since the Israeli siege on the strip was imposed ten years ago.

The closure of the Rafah crossing to Egypt has cut the Palestinian enclaves portal to the outside world.  

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