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Source: United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the OPT
22 March 2012

Statement by the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied
Palestinian territory, Mr. Maxwell Gaylard on electricity and fuel in Gaza

بيان من السيد ماكسويل غيلارد، منسق الأمم المتحدة للشؤون الإنسانية في الأراضي الفلسطينية المحتلة،
بشأن أزمة الكھرباء والوقود في قطاع غزة

22 March 2012

United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory Mr. Maxwell Gaylard, speaking from Gaza on Thursday 22 March 2012, expressed deep concern about the worsening effects of the critical shortages of electricity and fuel in Gaza.

Mr. Gaylard said, "These chronic shortages are reaching beyond the rationing of electricity and water for households which has been a feature over the past several years, to a situation where day-to-day life for Gazans is ever more difficult." He added that hospitals and ambulance services are finding it increasingly difficult to function, already fragile water and sanitation systems are failing, and the routine of daily life is increasingly compromised.

Mr. Gaylard welcomed the news of on-going negotiations among concerned parties to resolve the supply problems in both the short and longer term, and encouraged them to identify solutions as soon as possible.

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