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Cuts to Gaza funding a ‘severe catastrophe,’ says UN Humanitarian Coordinator

Cuts to Gaza funding a ‘severe catastrophe,’ says UN Humanitarian Coordinator

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Gazans are scraping by on just four hours of electricity per day due to fuel shortages, a crisis which the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, Jamie McGoldrick has called “a terrible situation” as winter months approach.

On a recent visit to a local children’s hospital, he witnessed power shut down during an emergency operation, leaving patients in the dark for nearly a full minute before a generator powered on, and doctors hand pumping oxygen into the lungs of children on life support.

Mr. McGoldrick spoke to Reem Abaza, of the UN News Arabic service.

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