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Video: Dialysis patients in life-or-death situation as Gaza faces new fuel crisis

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Gaza’s hospitals have been thrown into crisis once again, as they face another massive fuel crisis.

Gaza’s health ministry has warned that due to Israel’s blocking of millions of dollars in Qatari aid, hundreds of patients across the besieged coastal enclave are at risk. Ashraf al-Qidra, the spokesperson of the ministry, told Mondoweiss that they need 300,000 liters of fuel as soon as possible to avoid the shutdown of several hospitals. Among those who are the most vulnerable are children on dialysis, who are facing a struggle to survive.

Yumna Patel

Yumna Patel is the Palestine correspondent for Mondoweiss.

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  1. Talkback on February 25, 2019, 2:27 pm
  2. just on February 25, 2019, 3:30 pm

    How I wish that the Zionists could be made to walk a mile in a Palestinian’s shoes. A Zionist mother and father should be made to watch their child fear the power cut while on dialysis. They could watch their children drink filthy water and have no access to a playground or a safe beach or healthcare. And if their child does not get his dialysis on a regular basis, then that child faces confusion, severe illness, fluid overload, metabolic crisis, and death……….

    Sort of o/t: I am sick to death of hearing NPR and others demonizing Maduro and blowing out of total proportion the suffering of the people of Venezuela. It is the same old stuff spewing out of the US as it was with Syria and Iraq… the US wants ‘regime change’ and oil with hegemony. Nary a peep out of anyone for the decades of suffering of the Palestinians. The indigenous Palestinians who are being starved of food, water, land, jobs, freedom of movement, access to their holy sites, access to health care, access to education, access to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and dignity and justice. They have been robbed of their homes, their freedoms, their joys, and their lives and limbs in too many cases.

    Anyway, thank you Yumna and Nidal. This enrages me. It is ceaseless violence perpetrated on the people of Gaza and Palestine. The nurses, doctors, EMS, aides, etc. must also be in agony because they have little more than their hearts and hands with which to deliver care. It’s a testament to them that they are able to endure.

  3. Jejasalo on February 26, 2019, 2:04 pm

    Imagine giving a woman a C-section in an energy-less dark hospital room. It took a while for the back-up generator to kick in.

    Imagine your son needing a new kidney before his fifth birthday and you have nowhere to take him.

    Imagine hospital patients lying in their sweltering or freezing hospital beds and having nothing to eat or drink unless a family member brings it in.

    Imagine an upper middle class white family suddenly confronted with this reality.

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