Lack of electricity and fuel making life for Gazans ‘even more difficult’ – UN

22 March 2012

A United Nations official today expressed deep concern about the worsening effects of electricity and fuel shortages in Gaza, which are affecting citizens on a daily basis.

“These chronic shortages are reaching beyond the rationing of electricity and water for households, which has been a feature over the past several years, to a situation where day-to-day life for Gazans is ever more difficult,” said the Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, Maxwell Gaylard.

In addition to interrupting everyday life, Mr. Gaylard noted that the shortages have made it increasingly difficult for hospitals and ambulance services to function, and already fragile water and sanitation systems are failing, compromising access to basic needs.

Mr. Gaylard welcomed the news of ongoing negotiations among concerned parties to end the shortages in both the short and longer term, and encouraged them to identify solutions as soon as possible.

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