Gaza health ministry to declare state of emergency

Gaza – Government Information Office

European Hospital in KHan Younes attacked tonight in Israeli airstrike causing significant material damage

European Hospital in KHan Younes attacked tonight in Israeli airstrike causing significant material damage

The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza announced on Tuesday evening that it would have to declare a state of emergency in all medical facilities in the event of continued “Israeli”escalation in the Gaza Strip.

Undersecretary Yusuf Abu Rish told the press conference that they would also
have to cancel outpatient clinics of the Ministry of Health, to be able to save lives.

He condemned the shelling of civilians and killing of children, women and the elderly, saying the escalation does not differentiate, committting “crimes against humanity, stones and everything.”

Abu Rish said that the ministry suffers from a severe shortage of medicines and medical supplies, noting that ordinarily the budget is estimated at 2.3 million dollars per month.

Medicines and supplies were already severely depleted before the latest offensive through the failure of the unity government to send adequate stocks through from the West Bank, with 45% of essential medicines unavailable, and many more on the verge of running out.

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