Along with MAP–Medical Aid for Palestinians, we are deeply concerned and ‘alarmed that four hospitals in Gaza have been forced to close due to the deepening fuel shortage.’
Fikr Shalltoot, MAP’s Director of Programmes in Gaza, notes:
“All patients are now being affected but we fear mostly for new-born babies or anyone needing emergency care, intensive care or dialysis.
“These hospitals are our only option for life-saving treatment, due to the blockade and closure. Unless this crisis is resolved immediately MAP will start to see widespread and severe deterioration in patient health and in all health services.” –
Aimee Shalan, CEO of MAP, urged immediate action:
“An entirely avoidable humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Gaza. The international community cannot stand idly by and watch people die as hospitals grind to a halt for lack of fuel.”
Read the full MAP report here.
Above: Power cut in Gaza, January 2017.
Below: The Gaza Strip, with Israeli-controlled borders and limited fishing zone.
Oban Concern for Palestine urge the Israeli government to lift its ten-year blockade on Gaza. This constitutes a form of collective punishment in breach of international law, and has devastated already poor living conditions in Gaza.