Lack of medical supplies creating "incredibly difficult" situation in Gaza

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Living conditions continue to deteriorate in Gaza and West Bank under the blockade. Photo: Shareef Sarhan/UNRWA

The people of Gaza and health care professionals are facing what has been described as "incredibly difficult" circumstances by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory.

James Rawley was speaking in Gaza, calling for an end to a blockade of goods and services which has been ongoing for more than seven years.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The UN humanitarian coordinator in Gaza listed the difficult challenges Palestinian civilians are facing.

He said medical supplies are not reaching those who urgently need them.

Chronic shortages of fuel threaten to prevent hospital machinery from saving lives.

$US 14 million is still lacking to provide vaccines and other pharmaceutical products.

James Rawley had a clear message about the ongoing blockade.

The blockade of Gaza, the blockade that's been in place for seven, eight years needs to be lifted so that the health services in Gaza can get access to medical supplies. Then dialysis clinique here in Shifa hospital for example, only 20 of the machines are functioning because of lack of spare parts.

To add to an already challenging situation, Mr Rawley said that many health care professionals are currently not getting paid.

But he said that despite this, they are making what he called "remarkable" efforts to help the people of Gaza.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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