Gaza: urgent fuel supplies for hospitals – Reuters AlertNet

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Gaza: urgent fuel supplies for hospitals
Reuters AlertNet

23 Feb 2012 00:00

Source: member // International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) – Switzerland

“The lack of fuel restricts the functioning of vital public services, especially hospitals,” said Irfan Sulejmani, the head of the ICRC sub-delegation in Gaza. “Without these emergency supplies, the treatment of thousands of patients could be interrupted and lives endangered.”

In the past few years, Gaza has faced continuous shortages of electricity. The situation worsened when the only power station in the Strip was shut down last week. This additional pressure on the power system, over and above the chronic shortages, is forcing hospitals to rely on generators for up to 18 hours a day.

The ICRC is calling on the authorities to take the necessary steps to resolve the shortage before it leads to even more serious consequences.

For further information, please contact:
Cecilia Goin, ICRC Jerusalem, tel: +972 52 601 91 50
Nadia Dibsy, ICRC Jerusalem, tel: +972 52 601 91 48
Ran Goldstein, ICRC Tel Aviv, tel: +972 52 275 75 17
Hicham Hassan, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 25 41 or +41 79 536 92 57

Gaza: urgent fuel supplies for hospitals – Reuters AlertNet


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