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Lebanon Fears of Epidemics as the Crisis Deepens

ecause we are also unable to reach such areas."

UN spokesman in Lebanon Khaled Mansour also expressed concern that the lack of fuel "will bring the country to a halt very soon".

Israel, which has been blockading main ports, has refused to allow the shipment of much needed-fuel, particularly for power plants.

"Fuel is extremely important to hospitals as you know. If there is no fuel, nothing works - refrigerators or water pumps," Mansour said.

Health Minister Mohammed Khalifeh warned that some hospitals across Lebanon faced imminent closure if the fuel crisis continued. Hospitals across Beirut were already cutting power intake in order to save fuel, and patients are being kept with no air conditioning.

"We are really trying to save on power, as we fear that in one week we might close," said a doctor at the Lebanese governmental hospital. "Our problem will be with people suffering serious sickness like kidney failures and cancer.

"Till today we have been managing. But our hospitals in southern Lebanon and in the capital will not last if fuel is not brought in the coming 24 hours," he said.

(Source: IANS)
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