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World News November 4, 2023

Health crisis looms over Gaza as fuel shortages pose deadly risk in hospitals

The Gaza Strip is facing a severe humanitarian crisis as a result of recent conflict. Nearly half of the region’s hospitals have stopped operations due to bombardment and acute fuel shortages. The largest hospital, Al-Shifa, is relying on a backup generator, posing a risk to critical care units. The situation has been described as “beyond catastrophic” by Dr. Marwan Abusada, chief of surgery at Al-Shifa Hospital. Israel has tightened its blockade, limiting essential supplies, and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has called for humanitarian intervention and a ceasefire. The crisis has led to over 670,000 people seeking shelter in UNRWA facilities. Clean water is also in short supply. Israeli strikes have resulted in numerous casualties and disabled hospitals, exacerbating the crisis. The healthcare system in Gaza is on the verge of collapse due to shortages of electricity, fuel, and medical supplies. Gaza, with a high refugee population, faces rising poverty and unemployment rates due to the destruction caused by ongoing military actions.

Source – CGTN

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