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Red Cross to fuel Gaza hospitals, official says

March 29, 2012 10:22 P.M. (Updated: April 2, 2012 3:42 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- The Red Cross will provide the ministry of health in Gaza with 150,000 liters of fuel in the next few days to ease the crisis facings its hospitals, officials said Thursday.

Ayman al-Shehabi, spokesman of the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC in Gaza, told Ma’an that the humanitarian situation is difficult in Gaza because of the fuel crisis. Hospitals are particularly affected, he said.

For example, sick children in ICU in addition to premature newborns cannot live without electricity. "We will try to help the hospitals by sending 150,000 liters of fuel in the next few days," he said.

The Red Crescent said it sent a similar shipment in February.

Juan-Pedro Schaerer, the head of the ICRC delegation for Israel and the occupied territories, said that "The current failure to ensure delivery of fuel and electricity could rapidly lead to interruptions in vital public services such as hospital care and water supply, putting the lives of thousands of patients in danger".

"We have already warned that in the event of any such disruption, hospital operating theaters and specialist units, such as those providing intensive care, neonatal care and haemodialysis, would be especially hard hit."
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