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Officials warn Gaza Strip on the verge of health crisis
Published Sunday 15/12/2013 (updated) 18/12/2013 09:39
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The results of winter storm Alexa in Gaza will lead to a health disaster unless the world intervenes, a Palestinian medical official said Sunday.

"We are on the verge of a complete breakdown in the health sector, services, and civil institutes," General Director of military medical services in Gaza Atef al-Kahlout said.

Al-Kahlout said he feared chest and skin diseases would run rampant as a result of constant exposure to sewage water and lack of medical supplies.

He called on countries worldwide to aid Palestinians in Gaza by providing medication and supplies.

During disaster-relief missions in the neighborhoods of al-Nafaq and al-Zaytoun, 81 people were taken to hospitals while others were treated on the spot, he said.

Al-Kahlout added that rescue teams brought 91 families from the neighborhoods to shelters as their homes became too dangerous to inhabit.

Spokesman for the Gaza ministry of interior Islam Shahwan called on Egypt to fully open the Rafah crossing to allow supplies and aid into Gaza.

Civil defense forces have been doing their best to deal with emergencies despite the fact that they lack 80 percent of the equipment necessary to perform their tasks, Shahwan said.

During the storm, civil defense forces completed 2,211 missions, including 1,825 evacuations and 114 car-towings, said Deputy Head of Civil Defense Said al-Saudi.

Al-Saudi added that rescue teams pumped water from 99 houses, adding that 17 houses were sealed shut after their ceilings crumbled.

The Gaza Strip is currently under a state of emergency due to severe weather conditions caused by a historic storm front moving south across the Levant.

UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness said on Saturday that large regions of the Gaza Strip were a "disaster area" and called on the international community to lift the Israeli blockade in order to allow recovery efforts to proceed.

"Any normal community would struggle to recover from this disaster. But a community that has been subjected to one of the longest blockades in human history, whose public health system has been destroyed and where the risk of disease was already rife, must be freed from these man made constraints to deal with the impact of a natural calamity such as this," he said in a statement sent to Ma'an.
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1 ) Joe Hill / Belgium
15/12/2013 19:40
Start asking what's the difference with the warsaw ghetto

2 ) Maureen / Australia
15/12/2013 21:08
@1 Joe Hill: 400,000 Jews lived until they fought to their deaths, or were transported to death camps, in an area of 3.4 km2 (1.3 sq mi). These Gazans are not in same league by any means, with their sandy beach fronted homes, and sunloungers on the Mediterranean Sea. Their problems lie with their elected Hamas government.

3 ) Common / Sense
16/12/2013 22:07
@2 Well said, Maureen. Joe apparently does not see a difference between Jews who did nothing but good (economically, socially, culturally) to Germany and Poland and yet got placed in a ghetto, and Gazans run by Hamas who live to destroy Israel. Gazans don't live in a ghetto, but if there is blockade of Gaza, there are reasons for it, you know Joe? Ongoing attempts at trying to destroy your neighbors (thru rockets shooting, terrorism, etc.) won't help one make friends.

4 ) longest blockades in human his / tory?????????????
17/12/2013 09:20
What blockade? Who owes GaZA ANYTHING? YOU ARE OPEN TO EGYPT AND THE ARAB WORLD!

5 ) Dimi / Germany
17/12/2013 20:56
I understand from Maannews Hamas is ready to cooperate with Palestinian Authority, if this is the case Hamas has to accept the results of present peace talks with Israel and must stop dreaming to destroy Israel,consequently, the situation of the Gazans will improve once Hamas are getting weaker.

6 ) Sister Bridget O'Connall / India
17/12/2013 23:49
Nobody owes GAZA.., but THIS is truly a humanitarian disaster.. Whoever can help should help, for the sake of our God..,, How long will take to deal with the situation,, as needs be!! Today's news about Hamas and the PA is surely good news. Maybe the horror of the past is ending, the futility of war a memory & peace finally coming. Maybe Hamas will stop dreaming of destroying Isreal & dream of peace for everyone. Were I Hamas, I would want that, but I am not, I can only pray to God for His help.
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