Hundreds die as Gaza hospitals face fuel shortage 6Aug13 August 6, 2013

MEMO-Middle East Monitor    -    5 August 2013

gaza_hospitals_340_220Hospitals in the Gaza Strip are facing a fuel shortage, which has severely affected their ability to treat patients. The fuel is needed to power the hospitals’ generators.

The fuel shortage has caused almost 500 Palestinian deaths and hundreds more are at risk of dying if the generators cannot run. 

The Egyptian army closed the Rafah crossing, Gaza’s only point of entrance or exit on the 3rd of July, leaving thousands of people stranded. Egypt has also prevented the transport of basic necessities into the Gaza Strip via tunnels over the past few months.  Several of the tunnels were flooded by the Egyptian army in February.

The Gaza Strip has been under a land, aerial and naval blockade by the Israeli regime for six years following the election of Hamas, a Palestinian resistance movement, to govern the territory.

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