UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov told the UN Security Council that the besieged Gaza Strip is enduring “continuous health disaster.”
In a statement, a copy of which sent to Palestine Post 24, Mladenov’s media officer Murad Bakri said that the UN envoy yesterday briefed the UN Security Council about the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories.
“Amongst our many humanitarian concerns,” Mladenov said, “today, I must highlight the ongoing health disaster in the Gaza Strip.”
“According to local interlocutors, as of the end of January, stock levels for 46 per cent of essential medicines have been completely depleted.”
The UN envoy added: “On 18 February the IDF [Israeli occupation army] enabled a shipment of medicines [sent from West Bank] worth some NIS 4 million ($1.2 million) to enter Gaza. This shipment will somewhat alleviate the dire situation.”
“However, I take this opportunity to encourage the Palestinian Government to work with the UN and to increase its efforts to help resolve Gaza’s ongoing health crisis.”
The Gaza Strip has been under a strict Israeli siege for over 14 years.
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