May 21, 2024
Gaza’s health system to collapse soon due to fuel shortage: authorities-Xinhua
Gaza’s health system to collapse soon due to fuel shortage: authorities-Xinhua
An injured boy is treated at a temporary clinic in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah, on May 8, 2024. (Photo by Rizek Abdeljawad/Xinhua)

GAZA, May 13 (Xinhua) — The Hamas-run health authorities on Monday warned that the health system in the Gaza Strip could collapse within hours due to a severe fuel shortage.

“As a result of the failure to bring the needed fuel to power hospital electricity generators, ambulances, and transport employees to their workplaces, the health system will collapse in a few hours,” the health authorities said in a press statement.

Since the outbreak of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict seven months ago, the health authorities can barely deal with the high number of casualties, said the statement, adding that their staff are working around the clock every day to provide services to the people in Gaza.

On May 5, the Israeli army closed the Kerem Shalom crossing, a key entry point for humanitarian aid into Gaza, right after a Hamas rocket attack killed four Israeli soldiers nearby.  

A Palestinian boy stands outside a tent at a temporary camp in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah, on May 10, 2024.  (Photo by Rizek Abdeljawad/Xinhua)
 People inspect destroyed buildings after Israeli bombardment at Al-Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza Strip, May 11, 2024.  (Xinhua)
An injured child is treated at a hospital in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah, on May 8, 2024. (Photo by Rizek Abdeljawad/Xinhua)
An injured girl is transferred into an ambulance in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah, on May 8, 2024.  (Photo by Rizek Abdeljawad/Xinhua)■

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