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ICRC warns of total collapse of Gaza

A Palestinian woman bakes bread despite the power cut and lack of gas in Khan Yunis, Gaza on April 19, 2017 [Abed Zagout/Anadolu Agency]
A Palestinian woman bakes bread despite the power cut and lack of gas in Khan Yunis, Gaza on April 19, 2017 [Abed Zagout/Anadolu Agency]

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warned of a massive collapse of the infrastructure and economy in the Gaza Strip due to the lack of energy and the severe shortage of fuel which has reached a “critical level”.

“The scarcity of energy and the severe shortage of fuel in Gaza have damaged all aspects of life in the Strip,” the ICRC said in a statement posted on its website.

A new crisis is looming in the public health and environment sectors because of the lack of energy, if there is no immediate intervention.

“The shortage of fuel and energy has reached a critical level, threatening the provision of basic services, including healthcare, wastewater treatment and clean water supplies,” it said.

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Israel has imposed a strict siege on the Gaza Strip for 10 years, closing all border crossings connecting Gaza with the outside world and limiting the entry of goods and fuel into the enclave.

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  • gogrrrl

    There is no water in my apartment so I cannot even flush the toilet, let alone wash myself or my clothes or dishes. With only 4 hours of electricity a day, it is not sufficient to pump enough water to fill the tanks in the 12 story apartment block in which I live – by the time the water is there, the electricity goes off, so washing machines, hot showers and suchlike are but a wishful dream. As I am at work during the day, I am only home about once a week when there is power AND water at the same time. The water is disgusting – it is full of salt and it stinks – you get eye and skin problems from using it. This is Gaza.