By Ali Abunimah | 16 May 2017
THE ELECTRONIC INFITADA — Gaza is on the brink of a “systemic collapse” as the electricity crisis deepens, the International Committee of the Red Cross is warning.
“Severe power and fuel shortage has reached a critical point in Gaza, endangering essential services including healthcare, wastewater treatment and water provision,” the ICRC said on Tuesday.
ICRC added that without immediate intervention, “a public health and environment crisis is looming.”
People in Gaza currently have only six hours of electricity each day, as the territory’s only functioning power plant has no secure supply of fuel.
Last month, the UN said that Gaza’s hospitals were already working “at minimal capacity” and the World Health Organization warned that all of Gaza’s public hospitals could be forced to suspend critical services, putting thousands of lives at risk.
Now the ICRC is saying that “a systemic collapse of an already battered infrastructure and economy is impending.” […]