Gaza hospitals suffering from lack of medicine

Last week, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said virtually no medical supplies were reaching the Gaza Strip, putting the lives of several hundred seriously ill patients at risk.

It blamed a "standstill in cooperation" between Palestinian authorities in the West Bank, where President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction holds sway, and Hamas for imports of medical supplies having slowed to a "trickle".

The ICRC also urged Israel, which tightened a blockade of the territory after Hamas seized control from Fatah in June 2007, to facilitate timely deliveries of medical supplies and equipment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Palestinians are dying due to both the internecine squabbles between Hamas and Fatah, and Israel's combined siege of Gaza and denial of travel for health reasons.

That Gazans are being left to die because of lack of access to medicines or are unable to leave Gaza for desperately needed medical treatment, borders on the criminal.

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