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Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2008 at 3:22 PM
Israel's illegal policy ensures that those helping the Palestinians avert disaster are unable to do their work.
There needs to be an immediate, world-wide boycott of all military and financial aid to Israel until this siege stops, and concrete steps are taken to create a viable Palestinian state.
Our corrupt Government has betrayed Canadians on this issue, cannot justify their policy decisions, and must be forced to reverse this trend.
Israel must be made to realize, in the most tangible (and peaceful) ways possible, that they cannot continue this collective punishment against Gazan Palestinians any more.
But make no mistake, the ruling Extremists in Israel will keep pushing, so long as nobody speaks up or forces them to obey the law.
Fuel Crisis in Gaza: MSF is forced to scale back its medical activities
Palestine News Network
April 28, 2008
This comes from Médecins Sans Frontières: "Doctors without Borders" in English. Not only is the UNRWA stopping its food aid to the destitute population of the Gaza Strip due to the Israeli ban on fuel imports, so is MSF decreasing its medical services.
The Israeli government issued a statement late last week claiming, "There is no fuel crisis in Gaza."
Paris-Jerusalem / Duncan Mclean – MSF denounces the effects of the embargo on humanitarian medical aid.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF) medical activities in the Gaza Strip are being seriously hindered by lack of fuel. Diesel and gasoline have been unavailable on the market for the past week. MSF teams have had to limit their visits to the most severely ill patients, who make up only one fifth of the patient population of MSF post-surgical care programs. This week, only half of patients have been able to travel to MSF health facilities. There is a waiting list of 90 persons who have not yet received any health care.
"The cessation of our activities may result in a severe deterioration of all of our patients’ general state of health," explained Duncan McLean, head of mission. "Currently, MSF is operating from its emergency stockpile and has no more than 10 days worth of fuel. Unless supplies resume, the situation may very quickly become tragic," McLean said.
The overall condition of other health facilities in Gaza is also very worrisome. Medical personnel are having trouble getting around – up to 40 percent of staff are absent in some hospitals. Patients are faced with the same difficulties. Ambulances must likewise limit their interventions to emergency situations. Hospitals have only a limited emergency stockpile of fuel with which to operate their generators.
This shortage is primarily due to a tightening of the embargo in October 2007 and again in January 2008. Since that time, fuel shipments to the Gaza Strip have been progressively decreasing. An attack of Palestinian militants on Gaza’s main fuel depot at the beginning of April and a general strike among fuel distributors have further restricted supplies.
MSF deems it unacceptable that humanitarian medical aid and the general health system are suffering because of this situation. Since 2006, MSF has denounced the health and economic effects of this embargo. On several occasions, MSF has expressed its concern regarding the repercussions of this blockade on a population that is already severely affected by years of conflict. Over the past two years, Gaza’s health-care system has been significantly weakened by economic factors, the dual Israeli-Palestinian/intra-Palestinian conflicts, and divisions within the Ministry of Health.
MSF has been present in the Gaza Strip since 1989. MSF’s activities consist of post-surgical, pediatric, and mental health care.
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