Health system in Gaza could collapse within ‘few hours’: Health Ministry

Wounded Palestinians wait for treatment at the overcrowded emergency ward of Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City following an Israeli airstrike. [Photo: Wikimedia]

Gaza’s health ministry has issued a dire warning, stating that the enclave’s health system could collapse within “a few hours” due to the lack of fuel needed to power hospital generators.

In Gaza, Israel has killed more than 35,000 Palestinians since October 7, last year, when Hamas forces retaliated to decades-long occupational crimes committed by Israel.

According to Al Jazeera, the ministry emphasised the urgent need for fuel to operate electricity generators in hospitals, ambulances, and transportation services.

Currently, only about one-third of Gaza’s 36 hospitals and primary health care centers are operational, all facing severe shortages of medicine, essential medical supplies, fuel, and staff.

Meanwhile, a senior Egyptian official told The Associated Press that Egypt has lodged formal protests with Israel, the US, and European governments, citing concerns that the conflict in Gaza jeopardises its longstanding peace treaty with Israel— a key element of regional stability.

The Egypt-Israel peace treaty of 1979 marked Egypt as the first Arab state to establish peace with Israel, a cornerstone that strengthened Washington’s ties with Cairo throughout Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year presidency.

As part of the agreement, Israel returned the Sinai Peninsula, captured during the 1967 Middle East conflict, to Egyptian control, leading to the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations.

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