Thursday, March 29, 2012

Red Cross: Gaza fuel shortage puts lives at risk

Red Cross: Gaza fuel shortage puts lives at risk:
 By Associated Press March 29, 2012, 6:06 pm

GENEVA: The International Committee of the Red Cross says a shortage of fuel in the Gaza Strip is putting the lives of thousands of hospital patients in the Palestinian territory at risk.

The Red Cross said Thursday it is preparing to deliver 150,000 liters of diesel to the Ministry of Health in Hamas-controlled Gaza so that hospital generators can keep running.

But the aid group says the supply will only last for 10 days.

Red Cross delegation chief Juan-Pedro Schaerer says the lack of fuel and electricity "could rapidly lead to interruptions in vital public services."

He urged authorities to take immediate action to solve the fuel crisis.

The two-month-old crisis was sparked by a dispute between Hamas and neighboring Egypt over the delivery and payment for fuel.