5,000 Gazans at risk of death

Generators have become the only lifeline for Gaza’s hospitals and patients who are in need of urgent medical care. However, with limited amount of fuel entering the besieged Strip, even these are likely to cease work and stop providing electricity, risking the lives of more than 5,000 patients, medical staff told MEMO.

According to the spokesperson of Al-Shifa Hospital, Dr Ayman Al-Sahabani, the number of patients who require dialysis has increased from 400 to 720 which has meant that machines are operating 24 hours a day.

The life of these patients, in addition to more than 3,000 suffering cancer and other serious diseases, are at stake… If the generators, which run the hospitals, stopped working for any reason, many of these people will immediately perish.

Al-Sahabani warned that although the hospitals have “big generators, we still do not have sufficient reserves of fuel”, adding that many patients would not survive without medical equipment for more than 15 minutes. “If electricity blacked out, a disaster will happen,” he stressed.

The warnings come a month after Gaza’s only electricity plant was forced to close as a result of the fuel shortage caused by Israel’s crippling siege and a week after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas refused to pay Israel for Gaza’s fuel usage.

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