Fuel, Power, Crisis Posing Serious Health Risks In Gaza

Thursday March 22, 2012 05:08 by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies

The Hamas-led Palestinian government in the Gaza Strip is now trying hard to control the deteriorating situation in the Gaza Strip, especially after the serious shortages of electricity and fuel supplies have put a hold on nearly %85 of public services, the Arabs48 news website reported.

Image By Arabs48

The government in Gaza is considering declaring a state of emergency while its officials, in addition to Hamas officials are accusing the Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank, and the Egyptian government of being responsible for this crisis.

Several Palestinian media outlets reported that there are differences in opinions, and arguments, between Hamas leaders, and leaders of the Hamas-led government in Gaza, who also traded accusations of responsibility for this issue.

On the ground, life is slowing down, and even stopping, especially after Egyptian fuel did not make it into the coastal region; Hamas wanted the fuel to be sent to Gaza through the Rafah border terminal between Gaza and Egypt, while Egypt wanted the fuel to be sent to Gaza via the Karem Abu Salem crossing, that is controlled by Israel.

Meanwhile, Palestinian Power and National Resources Minister in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, Omar Kittana, stated that Egypt agreed to supply Gaza with five additional megawatts in the near future.

He added that with the additional megawatts, the total amount of electricity imported from Egypt would reach 72 megawatts.

Kittana stated that this increase will lead to a partial improvement in the electricity situation in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, but added that there is a greater need in Gaza, and rejected accusations by Hamas leaders in Gaza holding the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank responsible for this crisis.

Thousands of Palestinians have to stand in line for several hours in order to be able to fill a gallon of fuel, and the vast majority of them went back home empty-handed.
Bakeries in Gaza had to decrease the number of operation hours to half due to fuel and electricity crisis.

Abdul-Nasser Al-Ajrami, head of the Bakeries Society in Gaza said that the reduction of hours will start Thursday until further notice.

Al-Ajrami demanded the Hamas-led government in Gaza to ensure the needed fuel becomes available in the coming 48 hours in order to keep the power generators running, and warned that all bakeries will have to shut down. There are nearly 60 bakeries in the Gaza Strip.

Furthermore, the Higher Committee for Medical and Emergency Services in Gaza reported that nearly %50 of ambulances, and fire-trucks, are currently parked and cannot operate.

Committee stockperson, Adham Abu Salmiyya, warned during a press conference held at the Ash-Shifa Hospital in Gaza, that all ambulances and rescue vehicles in the Gaza Strip will be totally incapacitated.

He added that should Israel attack Gaza, or should any emergency take place, the situation will be disastrous as medics and rescue teams will not be able to perform their duties.

Abu Salmiyya held Israel responsible for the current situation, and the sharply deteriorating humanitarian crisis resulting from the illegal Israeli siege that was imposed on the coastal region since more than five years. He voiced an appeal the Arab, Islamic worlds, and the International Community to intervene.

The official further demanded International Human Rights groups to perform their human responsibilities immediately in order to alleviate the suffering of the residents.


▶ Gaza Health Care is in Danger – in pictures


Ministery declares state of emergency – Photography

Articles 55 and 56 of the Fourth Geneva Convention clearly establish that Israel, as the occupying power, not only has a duty to ensure medical supplies reach hospitals in the OPT, but to ensure and maintain the services of the hospitals too. As High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions, other states not only have a moral duty but also a legal obligation to ensure Israel abides by its commitments to the protected population of the OPT.

UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, As a States Party to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Israel is obliged under Article 24 of the treaty to recognise the right of every child under its effective jurisdiction “to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health and to facilities for the treatment of illness and rehabilitation of health. States Parties shall strive to ensure that no child is deprived of his or her right of access to such health care services”.

Not only the 7-month old baby, but 173 children died due to lack of a permit:

More Resources or related information:

  • Palestinian deaths following infringement of right to medical treatment – B’ TselemReport
  • 35 babies died at Israeli checkpoints – Report
  • Israel Kills Dialysis in Gaza – 450 Patients Lives Are In DangerReport
  • Dialysis in Paralysis | Electronic IntifadaReport
  • Factsheet on Gazan Children’s Access to Medical Care – Al Mezan | 173 children diedReport
  • UK Diplomat wife dies after forced to renew Jerusalem permitReport
  • 2 Children & Lives of Dozens of Others Endangered Israel’s Infringement of Medical CareReport
  • Infant close 2 death as Israel denies medicationReport
  • Starve Them; Shoot Them then Give Them CancerReport
  • PUT PALESTINIANS ON A DIET – Media Bury documents revealing israel’s deliberate policy of near starvation for GazaReport
  • Israel to Supreme Court to prevent exposure of document containing minimal calorie requirements for Gaza – May1, 2011Report
  • Israel Restricts the Access of Gaza Patients to Urgent Medical Treatment if their Condition is Not Life-Threatening | In violation of Medical Ethics and International Law | Al mezan | June 30, 2010Report
  • Children and Armed Conflict: Developments in the OPT | UN | April 13, 2010Report

Medical care by asked/forced collaboration

  • Palestinians hoping to leave Gaza Strip asked to collaborate with Israel – PHR Isael – Dec 28, 2011Report

Healthcare or neglect of healthcare in Prisons

  • Doctoring the Evidence Abandoning the Victim – Complicty of Israeli physicians in torture – PHRReport


  • Gaza Siege devastates Health care – Jan 2, 2011video
  • Avoidable Death of Pregnant women & their Unborn at Israeli Checkpointsvideo
  • If U have no idea about avoidable mortality by Israel’s deliberate policies: Meet BABY FIRASvideo


  • Arab-Palestinian Citizens of Israel: Discrimination in Access to Health; Lower Health – PHR – Report

While in the horrible holocaust, 1 in 6, so 1 million people died of the Nazi but exactly similar deliberate deprivation, Israel is doing exactly the same to Palestinians. Research (see link below) showed the annual deathrate by violent & passive aggression is about 5000 deaths a year. Called Avoidable mortality or Excess Death.

For the sake of children and ill people in Palestine, share this post as wide as you can and keep sharing it. Health is no choice for many, right to medical care is a Human Right. Infringement of such is a passive form of aggression which policies Israel deliberately deploys with the intention to ethnic cleanse.


Due to unbelievable & increasing shocking news like this, this post will be updated continuously the coming days with related news and more resources. Please keep checking for updates.

How many more dead corpses of Palestinians and their children does the international community need to see in order to act?
How many more cruelties and violations of Human Rights, Regulations and International Law will be needed?
How long so the world intervenes in this ongoing warcrime and it will be stopped once and for all?

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