UN: Electricity reductions endanger lives in Gaza

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On Friday, the Mideast envoy of the UN, said that Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip will surely face a “humanitarian crisis” if further reductions of electricity are made.

Nikolay Mladenov, UN special coordinator for the Middle East, heavily criticised Israel, Palestinian Authority and Hamas, saying that they all have obligations towards the citizens of Gaza and that “The UN has warned that without addressing the structural problems of Gaza’s electricity supply we would face a humanitarian crisis.”

The envoy concludes that electricity-driven drinking water is only available for a few hours 2-3 times a week and that hospitals are facing severe functionality problems, having to delay surgeries and reducing cleaning and sterilization measures, because of the scarce amounts of electricity available. Further reductions would compromise the functionality of these hospitals.

According to Mladenov, the UN is supplying emergency help by giving fuel for generators along with water and helping with medical needs, but warned that these reserves would only last for a few weeks. He asked: “How long do you think they can survive if this is further reduced to two hours of electricity per day?” and added “who will pay the price of the ensuing violence and escalation?”