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Gaza hospitals ill-equipped for Israeli onslaught

Gaza’s hospitals are lacking essential medicines to deal with the anticipated spike in casualties from Israel’s airstrikes on Gaza.
Medics treat a man, whom they said was wounded in an Israeli air strike, at a hospital in Gaza City on July 8, 2014. BY Wissam Nassar.
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Gaza hospitals fear an expanded Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip, which would increase the burden on them in providing health services and relief to citizens, in light of the severe shortage of various categories of medicine, medical supplies and fuel.

Gaza suffers from a lack of dozens of categories of important medicine and medical supplies, which have completely run out in storehouses. There is also a severe shortage of fuel imports needed to operate ambulances to transport the injured to hospitals and to operate power generators. The latter serve as an alternative to the electricity supply, which undergoes cuts of up to 12 hours a day, according to Ashraf al-Qadra, director of information at the Gaza Ministry of Health.

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