The World Health Organization (WHO) stated that Israel had prevented, for the fourth time, the transfer of medical supplies and equipment to the besieged Gaza Strip. The supplies were supposed to be allowed into the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom (Karem Abu Salem) Crossing.

The WHO added that in spite of conducting the needed coordination, Israel still prevented the entry of the desperately needed supplies.

Israel imposed the siege on Gaza in mid 2006 in an attempt to isolate the elected government, dominated by the Hamas movement.

The siege led to the death of hundreds of patients, while hundreds could face the same fate should the siege remain in place.

The three-week war on the Gaza Strip earlier this year caused a further deterioration in the humanitarian situation in Gaza. Nearly 1600 Palestinians were killed and some 6000 were wounded.