Authorities urgently request diesel to keep Gaza hospitals open
The Gaza Health Ministry has issued an urgent request for diesel after a fifth major hospital closed due to a lack of fuel.
The Yemen al-Saeed Hospital in the north of the Gaza Strip was forced to shut down after running out of fuel, the ministry said Thursday.
Beit Hanoun Hospital, Dora Children’s Hospital, Karama Hospital and the International Eye Hospital in Gaza have already closed due to fuel shortages and air strike damage, the ministry said. Services have also halted at 14 smaller primary health centres in the enclave for the same reasons, it said.
The ministry issued an urgent call to all gas stations in Gaza and anyone else who may have a spare litre of diesel to immediately call a hotline so that the fuel can be transferred to Gaza’s hospitals, now powered by backup generators with scant fuel supplies.
The remaining healthcare facilities in Gaza are operating at over 150 per cent capacity, the ministry said.