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Red Cross donates fuel supplies for Gaza hospitals

(Xinhua)

08:39, February 24, 2012

GENEVA, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross on Thursday donated 150,000 liters of diesel to 13 public hospitals in Gaza to help maintain essential health services.

Gaza has faced continuous shortages of electricity in the past few years. The situation worsened when the only power station in the Gaza Strip was shut down last week, forcing hospitals to rely on generators for up to 18 hours a day.

Insufficient to fill the huge energy gap, the donated diesel is only enough to sustain power supplies of these hospitals for about 10 days.

The ICRC is calling on authorities to take necessary steps to resolve the power shortage before it leads to even more serious consequences.

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