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Fuel shortage jeopardizing Gazan lives: UN sources

Tehran, Shortage of fuel, caused by Israel, is endangering people in Gaza Strip, said the Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Jamie McGoldrick said on Sunday, At least one hospital has been forced to shut down for a few hours, and services are being dramatically reduced at others.

The UN News quoted McGoldrich as saying, Given ongoing blackouts of about 20 hours a day, if fuel does not come in immediately, people's lives will be at stake, with the most vulnerable patients, like cardiac patients, those on dialysis, and newborns in intensive care, at highest risk.'

The humanitarian situation in Gaza � controlled by Hamas� has been negatively impacted by a blockade of imposed by the Occupying regime.

'Since last Monday, the Israeli authorities have prohibited the entry of fuel into Gaza as part of tightened import and export restrictions,' UN News added.

'According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Al Quds Hospital, which provides life-saving medical interventions for 150,000 people per year, including major surgeries, deliveries and intensive care will be forced to shut down in coming days due to lack of fuel.'

Four other hospitals are likely to run out of fuel within the next three days, thus significantly reducing the provision of essential medical services to the population in Gaza.

'The Palestinian Ministry of Health already has implemented strict contingency measures: hospitals have reduced diagnostic, sterilization and cleaning services, increasing the risk of infections amongst patients.'

UN News also said that more than 7,000 elective surgeries 7,000 elective surgeries have been postponed in recent months thanks to the mass trauma casualties and low resources available to cope with the demand, and the falling rate will continue.

Over 2,000 patients in Gaza's hospitals, including neonates in incubators, rely on electrical devices, and will be in danger.

Until more sustainable solutions for the electricity crisis in Gaza are found, two steps can avert further devastation in Gaza in the short term, said Mr. McGoldrick. Israel must let fuel and other essential supplies in and donors must mobilize resources to ensure that critical facilities receive the fuel they need.

Since March 30, when Return Rallies began, the situation in Gaza Strip has been critical; the Zionists have murdered 137 and injured 1,000 Palestinians in peaceful protests.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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