5p.m. Gaza and the days heat will set with the sun. From now on, light and heat will be provided from a candle as Gaza was “switched off” weeks ago, there is no electricity for lights or heaters, no gas for the stove , no fuel for the generators. The only fires lit are outdoor campfires where people gather for heat, light or just company in the dark nights.
The situation here has reached a critical stage. Gaza now survives on approx 5 hours of electricity a day. Most homes in Gaza use gas bottles for cooking, but even this is a challenge these days. Our last bottle ran out a week ago, and we finally found a replacement bottle in Deir al Balah, ( 12 kilometres away) .
( world bulletin news desk)…Gaza’s Health Minister Mufid al-Mekhalilati , raised the alarm on the continued shutdown of the enclave’s sole power plant, saying the closure pushes the seaside strip into a “dark tunnel”.
He warned that kidney dialysis machines, hospital incubators and operation rooms as well as blood banks and hospital labs could stop working because of unrelenting electricity outages and fuel shortages.
“Repeated outages threaten to suspend the work of 88 kidney dialysis machines,” al-Mekhalilati told a press conference on Saturday.
This will ultimately deprive 476 kidney failure patients in Gaza from medical treatment and brings to halt the operation of 113 hospital incubators, 45 operations rooms and caesarean birth rooms, blood banks and hospital labs.
No electricity, No fuel, No gas, No medicine.. No water…….
While all this happens in Gaza, those needing to get out are denied. The Rafah border is all but permanently closed and has been for weeks. It is periodically opened for a few hours for a few days sporadically. As I write , it is now closed again , indefinitely. Palestinian students have lost hard earned scholarships, patients have died as medical aid needed abroad was denied, families are stranded on both sides of the Rafah border. The closure of the border and the tunnels to Gaza are impounding the already unbearable, illegal Siege on Gaza, strangling life from farmers , fishermen, an already struggling economy, students, mothers , fathers children and babies….
Israel and Egypt have switched off life lines to Gaza while the rest of the world have switched off completely . It is up to people of good conscience to get the rest of the world to switch back on.
( Apologies for the pictures without credit, they were shared with me without names for creditation)