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25 June 2014
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
, SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON
WEDNESDAY, 25 JUNE 2014
GAZA FUEL CRISIS AFFECTS PUBLIC HOSPITALS, SAYS U.N.
The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (
) says that the Gaza fuel crisis has affected public hospitals, which consume 8,000 litres of diesel a day, with only 20 per cent left in reserve. As a result, elective surgical operations will be cancelled and ambulance travel will have to be reduced by 50 per cent.
World Health Organization
is procuring drugs and disposables for chronic diseases, worth US$ 1.5 million, but it will take several weeks to start the delivery of these items. Hospitals are suffering from the shortages and have appealed for support from international organizations.
Asked about the mandate of the
UN Special Coordinator
for the Middle East, Robery Serry, the Spokesman reiterated the Secretary-General’s full support for Mr. Serry and the integrity and transparency of his work.
Asked about three abducted Israeli youths, the Spokesman reiterated the Secretary-General’s condemnation of their abduction. He has also made clear the need for human rights norms to be respected in the process of finding them.