U.N.: Essential services ‘on verge of shutting down‘ in Gaza

Supplies of emergency fuel provided by the UN to residents of the Gaza Strip are nearly depleted, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the occupied Palestinian territory (OCHA) said in a statement released Sunday morning.

“At least one hospital has been forced to shut down for a few hours, and services are being dramatically reduced at others,” said Jamie McGoldrick, OCHA‘s humanitarian coordinator. “Given ongoing blackouts of about 20 hours a day, if fuel does not come in immediately, people’s lives will be at stake, with the most vulnerable patients, like cardiac patients, those on dialysis, and newborns in intensive care, at highest risk.”