Gaza Healthcare System “Hours Away” from Collapse

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza has released a statement claiming that the healthcare system within Gaza is only “hours away” from a complete collapse due to a supreme lack of fuel needed to run the generators the hospitals are running on.

“We are only a few hours away from the collapse of the health system in the Gaza Strip as a result of the failure to bring in the fuel needed to operate electricity generators in hospitals, ambulances, and transport employees.” -Palestinian Ministry of Health

The collapse comes just a few days after Israel seized the Rafah border crossing, the primary entry point of aid into Gaza (including fuel trucks), which has closed the crossing to all aid.

The same day Israel seized the crossing, May 7th, yet another of Gaza’s hospitals, the Abu Youssef al-Najjar hospital, shut down as patients and staff were forced to evacuate due to Israeli operations beginning in Rafah.

The shut down of al-Najjar left just 11 of Gaza’s 36 hospitals partially functioning, with none fully functioning. The severance of aid appears to be about to diminish that number even further.