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Flooded with casualties, Gaza hospitals limit services as fuel runs out

The humanitarian situation in Gaza is deteriorating as fuel runs out, hospitals reach capacity and nearly 200,000 displaced.
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As Israel intensifies its airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, the humanitarian situation in the besieged enclave is worsening by the minute.

On Sunday, just one day after Hamas launched its surprise attack, Israel announced a complete blockade of the Gaza Strip, cutting off water and electricity supplies and banning the entry of goods.

On Wednesday, Palestinian Energy Authority chairman Thafer Melhem warned in a statement to the Voice of Palestine radio station that Gaza’s sole power plant and only supplier of power has 300,000 liters of fuel stocks left and they would run out within 10 to 12 hours.

Meanwhile, Palestinian Health Minister Mai al-Kaila in Ramallah told the Voice of Palestine on Wednesday that the fuel stocks operating the generators of hospitals in the Gaza Strip will run out Thursday, further worsening the conditions in the already crowded facilities.

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