The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza issued a statement revealing that 404 patients in Gaza who suffer from kidney failure are facing serious deterioration in their health because of the lack of equipment needed for dialysis.Ashraf Al-Qudra, spokesperson of the Ministry of Health in Gaza, stated that without the equipment dozens of dialysis machines will stop. This will directly threaten the lives of the patients who need to undergo dialysis 2 – 3 times a week, the Quds Net News Agency reported.

He said that equipment supplies will run out in the coming few days because the dialysis clinics are serving approximately 150 patients each day.

“When supplies run out, clinics will shut down and dozens of patients will face serious deterioration in their health”, Al-Qudra said, “Their lives will be the tax they pay for the 6-year long Israeli siege imposed on Gaza”.

He voiced an appeal to the International Red Cross, the World Health Organization (WHO) and several local and international legal and humanitarians groups to intervene before a disaster takes place.