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Hamas Ministry Says UNRWA Only Provides Health Coverage for 5% of Population — But 67% Are ‘Refugees’

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Palestinians riot on the Israel-Gaza Strip border, August 3, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Ibraheem Abu Mustafa.

On Monday, the Gaza Ministry of Health warned that hospitals and medical clinics in Gaza were in danger of closing due to a lack of fuel.

The spokesman for the ministry, Ashraf Kedra, didn’t blame Israel for the shortage. Instead, he said that donors haven’t come through to pay for fuel for these medical facilities. If the ministry did have the money, it could pay for the fuel to be transferred — from Israel.

The article in Palestine Today then gave some interesting statistics: Gaza has 13 government hospitals and 54 primary health care centers, covering 95% of the medical services provided to more than two million Gazans; the remaining services are covered by UNRWA clinics.

This means that UNRWA has built an entirely parallel medical care system — along with all the buildings, bureaucracy, and overhead that this entails — to cover only 5% of the population.

According to UNRWA figures, about two-thirds of all Gazans are “refugees” and eligible to receive services from the agency. If that is true, then why do most of them use government medical facilities and not UNRWA facilities?

If UNRWA’s medical budget was redirected to the Palestinian government, then more people could be treated for less money. This applies to the clinics and schools in Gaza, the West Bank, and Jordan as well.

Since by definition none of the citizens of “Palestine” or Jordan are refugees, there is no reason to pour so much money into services provided by a “refugee agency” when it is the proper job of the government to provide those services, just like anywhere else in the world.

Elder of Ziyon has been blogging about Israel and the Arab world for a really long time now. He also controls the world, but deep down you already knew that.

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