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WHO: Israel killed 10 Palestinians, including 4 children, in 13 days

Sept. 27, 2018 1:09 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 30, 2018 10:13 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Ministry of Health provided the latest figures, regarding protests in the besieged Gaza Strip, indicating that between the 10th and 22nd of September, 10 Palestinians, including four children, were killed, while 1,193 others were injured by Israeli forces.

WHO released a special situation report on the Gaza Strip on Thursday, noting that most of the killings and injuries occurred during protests as part of "The Great March of Return" along the eastern Gaza border with Israel.

The report read that out of the total 1,193 Palestinians injured, 690 patients required transfer to the ministry's hospitals or NGO clinics, including 127 children and 37 females.

Also among hospitalized injuries, 19 cases were critically life threatening, 275 moderate and 386 mild injuries, while the remaining 10 were unspecified cases.

The report added that Gaza's 14 public hospitals rely on donated fuel to run generators during the electricity black-outs, which continue to last up to only 18 to 20 hours per day.

The last batch of fuel donated by the United Nations has been distributed during August 2018. The local authorities have since acquired 120,000 liters and a charity organization, Human Appeal International, has also provided 10,500 liters to sustain essential services at public hospitals throughout September.

Hospitals are currently rationalizing the use of the remaining fuel reserves by suspending sterilization, laundry, cleaning, catering and selected diagnostic services during electricity cuts.

On September 17th, the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC), announced the release of $1 million from the humanitarian fund for fuel procurement, which will ensure uninterrupted electricity supply for up to 250 critical health, as well as water and sanitation facilities for a period of 6-7 weeks.

Additionally, in the report, WHO said that in August, the Central Drug Store of the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza reported 47% of essential drugs at less than one month's supply and 40% completely depleted, and 30% of essential disposables were at less than one month's supply.

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