HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY
STEPHANE DUJARRIC, SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON

WEDNESDAY, 25 JUNE 2014

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 GAZA FUEL CRISIS AFFECTS PUBLIC HOSPITALS, SAYS U.N.

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  • The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) 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.
  • The 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.

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