Friday, 24 February 2012

Red Cross provides urgent fuel supplies to Gaza's ministry of health

Yesterday the Red Cross provided emergency supplies to Gaza's ministry of health.
Geneva/Jerusalem (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) today supplied the Ministry of Health in Gaza with 150,000 litres of diesel. The fuel will help 13 public hospitals maintain essential health services for the next 10 days.

"The lack of fuel restricts the functioning of vital public services, especially hospitals," said Irfan Sulejmani, the head of the ICRC sub-delegation in Gaza. "Without these emergency supplies, the treatment of thousands of patients could be interrupted and lives endangered."

In the past few years, Gaza has faced continuous shortages of electricity. The situation worsened when the only power station in the Strip was shut down last week. more

Israeli warplanes fire on Gaza City injuring two, rockets hit Israel

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli warplanes fired on a Gaza City neighborhood early Friday, lightly injuring two Palestinian fighters.

The airstrike on the Zeitoun neighborhood injured two militants who were evacuated to hospital, emergency services' spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said. Their identities and affiliations were not immediately identified.

An Israeli army statement said the warplanes hit "two terror activity sites in the northern Gaza Strip in response to the rockets fired at Israel."

Three rockets fired from Gaza landed in southern Israel on Thursday evening, and two projectiles early Friday, without causing injuries of damage.

The armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees said in a statement on Friday it had launched projectiles at southern Israel early on Friday. more