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UN warns of collapse of services in Gaza

UN Humanitarian Coordinator for occupied Palestinian territory Jamie McGoldrick called on Tuesday for urgent measures to prevent further deterioration in humanitarian situation in Gaza Strip, following intensified movement restrictions in the enclanve.

McGoldrick said he was “deeply concerned” about further restrictions imposed by Israel on Karam Abu Salem crossing, which was the lifeline for Gaza’s population.

“These additional restrictions risk triggering a dramatic deterioration in an already fragile situation and desperate humanitarian conditions, particularly for the health sector,” he said in a statement.

Israel imposed new restrictions on Karam Abu Salem crossing on July 9 and increased them yesterday, prohibiting entry of goods except medical and food supplies, prohibited exit of all goods as well as fishing area along Gaza coast to three nautical miles.

Israel said it imposed restrictions in response to launch of incendiary kites and balloons from Gaza towards Israel, which have resulted in over 750 fires that have burned more than 7,000 acres of land in Israel.

McGoldrick voiced particular concern on shortfalls in fuel which would impact provision of critical health, water and sanitation services in Gaza.

He appealed for USD 4.5 million for emergency fuel, which would run out in early August.

These developments come against the backdrop of a worrying escalation in hostilities in recent days, some 15,000 Palestinian injuries since March 30 in the context of peaceful demonstrations. said McGoldrick.

Source: Kuwait News Agency