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Medical organization: Gaza power cuts hurt patients most

Nov. 22, 2008 4:04 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 22, 2008 4:04 P.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - A Gaza-based medical relief program condemned Israel on Saturday for its power cuts in the Gaza Strip, saying that the hardest-hit victims are disabled and hospitalized Palestinians.

The coordinator of the rehabilitation program, Mustafa Abed, said that "many disabled (Palestinians) are facing difficult conditions as a result of electricity cuts in the Gaza Strip."

He added that electricity cuts prevent disabled Palestinians from charging their wheelchairs and oxygen machines, a reality that is especially dangerous for those who suffer from breathing problems.

Abed also noted that several physical-therapy programs in the northern Gaza Strip were recently scrapped, as the machines that used to activate blood circulation and to massage muscles for the disabled can no longer be powered.

He explained that there are about 300 scheduled physiotherapy sessions for 35 disabled children that may have to be canceled, insisting that "this group is the worst affected" by the blockade and electricity cuts.
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