World Bulletin/News Desk
The Gaza Strip's largest emergency department faces possible closure, the Palestinian Health Ministry has warned, as a strike staged by hospital cleaners entered its second day Thursday.
"The lack of hygiene is making it impossible to conduct medical procedures," ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qodra told The Anadolu Agency.
"We have many pending child births and other scheduled procedures, but all operation rooms in the Al-Shifaa Hospital have been shut," he said. "The floors of some rooms are covered with blood."
On Wednesday, hospital cleaners in the Gaza Strip declared an open-ended strike to protest the Palestinian Health Ministry's failure to pay them their salaries over the past six months.
A union representing hundreds of hospital cleaners accused the Palestinian unity government of "neglecting" its members' livelihoods.
Some 700 hospital cleaners in the Gaza Strip have intermittently gone on strike in recent weeks to protest chronic salary shortfalls.
According to the union, each cleaner should receive a monthly salary of 700 Israeli shekels (roughly $200).
Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas – the latter of which has controlled the Gaza Strip since 2007 – signed a reconciliation deal in April that led to the formation two months later of a national unity government.
The new government, however, has yet to assume responsibility for the blockaded Gaza Strip, hampering the disbursement of public-sector salaries in the Hamas-run coastal enclave.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Aralık 2014, 12:12