Palestinian Authority stops shipping medicine to Gaza


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They’re such nice people! Because of the political battle between Hamas, running Gaza, and the Palestinian Authority, running the West Bank, the Palestinian Authority has stopped its quarterly shipments of medicine to Gaza.

Palestine Today quotes Dr. Munir Bursh, the pharmacy director at the Ministry of Health in Gaza, saying that the Palestinian Authority has stopped supplying medicines and baby formula to Gaza altogether. “90% of the treatment of cancer patients in the Gaza Strip has stopped due to the lack of the supply of drugs,” he said. Bursh added, “This is reprehensible and very strange, threatening a major health disaster up to the collapse of the health situation in Gaza, because the Ramallah government has been responsible for supplying medicine to Gaza, despite the deficit in the previous years.”

“Whoever made this decision is killing the entire people, and punishing the entire people.” He said that the PA supplies the Gaza Strip with medicines every two months, but it did not send any medicines for three months now.

Hospitals in Gaza are also worried about the closure of the Gaza power plant due to the spat between Hamas and Fatah, saying that they cannot desalinate the water needed for every day purposes.

The last line refers to the decision by the Palestinian Authority to stop paying its Gaza electrical bill, forcing Israel to stop supplying Gaza with electricity.

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4 comments

  • Laurie

    I understand there are international aid organizations that have a presence in Gaza; I hope that some of these actually are motivated and in a position, on the grounds of compassion, to move some of the seriously ill to facilities outside of the borders of Gaza.

  • Dick Eagleson

    If Israel had done this there would, of course, be street riots by leftists in Europe and the U.S. about Jewish “genocide.” Given that this is an intra-Palestinian faction fight, though, I expect chirping crickets from the usual suspects.

  • LocalFluff

    Are arapes allowed to take medicine? Where does the Koran say so? What if all muslims who eat medicine will burn in Hell forever? At least women are forbidden any access to any kind of healthcare under any conditions. Every arape allowed to survive means the death of others through his compulsive oppression and terror. We have to contain the zombies or we will also be forced to live in their eternal stone age tyranny of backwardness, intolerance and war.

  • hondo

    A three state solution in order? Why not.

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