Palestinian hospitals in Gaza are also being severely impacted by the severe fuel shortage in Gaza. Since 2006, the 13 Palestinian hospitals and other essential services in Gaza have been reliant, daily, on emergency generators to power life saving equipment. This is due to Israel's bombing of much of Gaza's public infrastructure in 2006, which destroyed Gaza's only electricity plant.
These fuel and power shortage impact on the entire Palestinian population as well. Talking with friends in Gaza, they tell me that they are still being subject to lengthy power cuts, daily, often for between 4 to 8 hours at a time.
I have included a range of photos below taken recently in Gaza, which highlight the dire situation faced by more than 1.6 million Palestinians living in the region.
Israel's open air prison in Gaza is yet another reason why the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign should be supported.
In solidarity, Kim
Palestinians in Gaza protest electricity cuts and fuel shortages due to Israel's blockade. Photo by Mohammed Assad, 14 November 2013
Premature babies receive treatment in Nasser Hospital as the hospital is in danger of running out of fuel, in Khan Younis, southern Gaza on February 16, 2012. Israel's illegal blockade has left Gaza with very little fuel rations for its citizen. Gaza hospitals, due to frequent electricity cuts are forced to rely on emergency generators to run life saving equipment, intensive care units and neo-natal units. Photo by: UPI/Ismael Mohamad