PA slashes medical supplies to Gaza by 90%

UN referred these measures to internal disputes between Fatah and Hamas, but it ignored the fact that Fatah and the PA are tools implementing Israel’s policies in occupied territories

Palestinian Authority (PA) has slashed medical supplies to Gaza Strip; along with reduction of power supplies, Gaza’s medical services at stake.

“We realise this sounds cruel, but in the end, after 10 years of the split and Hamas rule in the Strip, Hamas must quit and handover control of the coastal enclave to the PA,” the PA official said

Palestinian Authority (PA) has slashed medical supplies to Gaza Strip; along with reduction of power supplies, Gaza’s medical services at stake.

Palestinian health ministry in Gaza said: “one-third of essential medicines and more than 270 medical equipment items for operating rooms and intensive care units can no longer be obtained in the health ministry’s storerooms and in Gaza hospitals.”

It also said the cause of the shortages is the Palestinian Authority’s slashing of funds sent to Gaza, including for healthcare operations and medical supplies.

The PA used to pay $4 million monthly for the regular operation of 13 government hospitals and 54 primary care centres. In April, the sum was down to $2.3 million and in May it fell to just $500,000.

In April, the Israeli daily Haaretz quoted a senior adviser to PA President Mahmoud Abbas who said Ramallah was slashing the health care budget for Gaza as part of a series of measures meant to coerce Hamas into relinquishing some control of the Strip.

“We realise this sounds cruel, but in the end, after 10 years of the split and Hamas rule in the Strip, Hamas must quit and handover control of the coastal enclave to the PA,” he said.

On Sunday, Israeli ministers decided to heed a request by Abbas to slash the amount of electricity provided to Gaza, making electricity on in Gaza less than three hours.

(Source / 14.06.2017)

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