Mahmoud Abbas. (Photo: via MEMO)
The Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority has stopped sending medical supplies and baby formula to the hospitals in the Gaza Strip, an official at the health ministry in Gaza announced today.
Munir Al-Barsh, director of the ministry’s pharmaceutical department in Gaza, said that the ministry recently informed them that it would no longer supply Gaza with its share of drugs and baby milk.
Barsh pointed out that the decision was politically-motivated, adding that he had been in contact with senior officials in the Health Ministry in the West Bank to “determine the meaning of the decision and how long it will be in effect.”
He warned of the decision’s “catastrophic” impacts on the health situation in Gaza. “This is a decision that has destructive implications for the residents [of Gaza], and in particular for the chronically ill and children,” he said.