Health conditions worsening in Gaza as borders remain closed

The deteriorating health situation in Gaza has been intensified by
Israel's blockade of crossings into the area, the United Nations agency
tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees warned today.

Even before Israel's military offensive targeting Hamas
militants on the tiny strip of land earlier this year, which killed
over 1,400 people and injured 5,000 others, the border closures had a
grave impact on the health of Gazans and the ability of the UN Relief
and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to
provide health services.

According to the agency's latest health report, some 4,000
medical items per day on average could cross into Gaza before the
conflict, whereas only 40 items are currently allowed to be imported


22 May 2009

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