/ 26 October 2023

Gaza’s health system on the brink

Image source: Unsplash
Image source: Unsplash

Hospitals in the Palestinian territory will collapse unless the fuel needed to power generators is delivered within hours. That’s according to the World Health Organization, which has been critical of Israel for not allowing any fuel into Gaza since this conflict started. Israel says it fears it would be seized by Hamas and used for its terror operations. But doctors inside the territory’s hospitals are painting a grim picture, including overcrowded facilities and rationed medical supplies. UN Secretary-General António Guterres is also embroiled in a controversy –  yesterday he condemned the Hamas attacks on Israel, adding that it was “important to also recognise the attacks by Hamas did not happen in a vacuum” – that is “the Palestinian people have been subjected to 56 years of suffocating occupation.” Israeli officials have responded with outrage, calling on Guterres to resign and saying they will refuse visas to key UN officials.

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