Wed 15 Mar 2023 8:27 pm - Jerusalem Time

Gaza: The occupation destroyed 650 housing units and health services are in danger

Gaza - "Jerusalem" dot com - Head of the government media office in Gaza, Salama Marouf, said today, Saturday, that the Israeli occupation's aggression on the Strip, in its second day, left 650 housing units destroyed, of which 45 units became uninhabitable.

In a joint press conference with Ashraf al-Qudra, spokesman for the Ministry of Health in Gaza, Maarouf confirmed that the occupation's aggression has damaged many civil institutions, including media and human rights organizations, and citizens' homes, the latest of which was the bombing of a building west of Gaza City, in clear violation of international laws.

He said: "The occupation, with its practices, flouts all international covenants, in an extension of the aggression in which it violated all our lands in Jerusalem and the West Bank, in addition to the crime of blockade in Gaza, and the aggression it is carrying out now."

He added: "The occupation's aggression exacerbates the difficult humanitarian situation, which is getting more difficult with the closure of the crossings and the denial of humanitarian aid to all parties that provide services to the citizens."

Maarouf stressed that preventing the entry of fuel warns of a difficult humanitarian reality that will have difficult repercussions and repercussions on all sectors, health sectors, municipalities, and others.

He said that the government teams have raised the level of readiness and mobilization of all their teams, especially in hospitals and municipalities, which are trying to reduce the catastrophic repercussions resulting from the interruption of electricity supplies.

For his part, Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman for the Ministry of Health, warned that medical services would stop within the next 72 hours, due to the shutdown of the power plant and the lack of fuel needed to operate generators.

Al-Qudra announced the cessation of work in outpatient clinics in all hospitals, and the cessation of scheduled surgeries to give full opportunity to perform emergency operations for the victims of the ongoing aggression.

And he indicated that the Ministry, from the first moment of the start of the Israeli aggression, announced an increase in readiness and preparedness in all hospitals, especially the emergency and operations departments, intensive care and ambulance stations.

He pointed out that the Israeli occupation focused its aggression on targeting residential areas, which raised the number of victims among children, women and civilians, and critical injuries.

Al-Qudra said, "The medical staff in the hospitals are working according to the available capabilities, which are limited as a result of the Israeli siege that has been going on for 15 years."

Al-Qudra pointed out that the drug situation in the ministry is going through its worst situation in years, as the percentage of shortages in basic medicines reached 40%, 32% of medical consumables, and 60% of laboratory supplies and blood banks.

He added, "The continued closure of the Beit Hanoun checkpoint in front of the movement of patients referred for treatment abroad, and the failure to admit life-saving cases exacerbates their difficult health situation, especially patients with tumors and heart diseases, who face an unknown fate."

He continued, "The Israeli occupation is still preventing the entry of 24 diagnostic x-ray machines, in addition to preventing the entry of spare parts necessary for the maintenance of other broken devices, which are important in providing emergency interventions for the wounded in the emergency, operations and intensive care departments."

He pointed out that power outages pose a serious threat to the work of vital departments in hospitals, especially the emergency departments, intensive care departments, operations departments, dialysis departments, laboratories, incubators, laundries, oxygen systems and medical gases.

Al-Qudra called on all international, humanitarian and relief institutions to stand up to their responsibilities to put pressure on the Israeli occupation to leave sick cases through the Beit Hanoun checkpoint and to work immediately to supply the health system with its urgent health needs and fuel supplies.


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Gaza: The occupation destroyed 650 housing units and health services are in danger