Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Medical Officials: Gaza Has Run Out of Medicine

December 30, 2008 - Medical and healthcare services are struggling to cope with the outcome of the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, while the bombing continues.

In a special interview with IMEMC, Dr. Mo'oawiah Hassunin, the head of the Palestinian Ambulance and Emergency Services of the Ministry of Healthin Gaza, made an update on the current situation of health services.

According to Dr Hassunin, hospitals in Gaza are operating without any medical supplies whatsoever, while three of the main hospitals have been badly damaged. The ambulance services are now operating at 50 percent capacity due to a lack of medical and personnel resources. The entire area is now being serviced by five ambulances and three fire brigades.

The small amount of medicine that Egypt has allowed into Gaza lasted just a few hours. Dr Hussanin confirmed the number of dead Palestinians is 312, though this is steadily increasing as bodies are removed from rubble and the bombing of the region continues by new Israeli air raids. [Editor's note: Reports from Gaza on Al-Jazeera Arabic TV this morning put the number of dead at 360 and injured at 1750. Both numbers are rapidly rising.]

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