Gaza ambulances out of service as fuel reserves hit zero


03 July, 2014 PIC

Palestinian Red Crescent Society ambulance
Palestinian Red Crescent Society ambulance

The Palestinian Health Ministry on Wednesday said most of Gaza ambulances have gone out of service as fuel reserves have almost hit zero.

Dr. Atef Ramlawi, head of the emergency unit in the ministry, warned, in a press release, that the current situation bodes ill for Gaza ambulances as they might run out of 70% of their overall fuel supplies.

He added: “We’ve been appealing to officials in the Finance and Health Ministries to step in. But to no avail so far.”

No single fuel liter has been bumped into the suspended Gaza ambulances since early July. The ambulances have only been operating in emergency cases.

The Palestinian official warned of the possible inability of meeting the emergency services needed in case of further Israeli raids on the Gaza Strip.

He called on all concerned parties and officials in the unity government to step in with no further delay so as to alleviate Gaza’s fuel crisis and cope with such an acute shortage in fuel quantities needed to recuperate Gaza’s ambulances.

Observers detected reluctance on the part of health Minister Fathi Awad, located in Ramallah, to deal with the crisis. He has rarely been in touch with the ministry representatives in Gaza.

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