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Gaza: Al-Aqsa Hospital to shut down in ‘minutes’ due to lack of fuel

Health Ministry in Gaza said only ‘minutes’ of fuel remain to power generators at Al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir el-Balah in Central Gaza, and that the care of 1,300 patients will soon cease.

“[The Gaza Health Ministry] just updated us that the hospital is going to run out of fuel in the next 30 minutes. Unfortunately, we are talking about hundreds of patients that are daily doing dialysis, and most of these patients were transferred from Rafah, from the hospitals there,” says Al Jazeera journalist Hind Khoudary, while reporting from Deir el-Balah, central Gaza.

She said: “We are also talking about babies connected to incubators, and we’re also talking about people who were injured by Israeli forces and are undergoing surgeries every single hour.”

She went on to say: “All these people completely rely on electricity, and Deir el-Balah’s Al-Aqsa Hospital is one of the only hospitals still functioning across the Gaza Strip. We’re still waiting, and they still have hope that someone can bring them more fuel, but unfortunately, they’re saying that 30 minutes is all the fuel they have left.”

The hospital will soon stop its operations “because of [Israel’s] practices and the United Nations’ procrastination regarding the necessary fuel for the generators to work at the hospital”, Khalil al-Degran, Gaza Health Ministry spokesperson said at a news conference.

He said the hospital received 3,000 litres (800 gallons) of fuel on Wednesday, when it needs 5,000 litres (1,320 gallons) to operate, adding that there are currently 1,300 sick and wounded patients in the hospital.

“Their medical treatment will stop because of the lack of fuel,” he continued.

“We have launched so many appeals during recent days to urgently have fuel in the hospital, but no concerned parties have responded.”

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