U.N. Concerned About Deteriorating Energy Situation in Gaza

Gaza- The U.N. coordinator for humanitarian aid and development activities, Robert Piper, expressed concern over the deteriorating energy situation in the Gaza Strip and called for the provision of critical basic services to Gaza’s 1.9 million residents.

“With power outages at 20 hours a day and emergency fuel supplies running out, basic services are grinding to a halt,” Piper said.

According to the Gaza Ministry of Health, fuel to power back-up generators at seven out of 13 hospitals in Gaza is expected to run out within three days. Already, residents of high-rise buildings no longer receive regular water supply, due to lack of power for pumps to reach higher levels, and some 110 million liters of raw or poorly treated sewage is flowing into the Mediterranean Sea every day due to lack of energy to treat it.

To avoid further deterioration, the occupied Palestinian territory Humanitarian Fund (oPt HF), led by the humanitarian coordinator, approved the allocation of $500,000 for the purchase of emergency fuel to maintain the delivery of essential services at hospitals and other emergency medical facilities.

Source: Qatar News Agency