Mohammad Shanty, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, sits next to his mother after receiving oxygen therapy in their family house in Gaza City.
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Ritta al-Jalees doesn't care who's to blame for the deteriorating state of health care in Gaza.The boys, aged 9 months and 6 and 7 years, all of whom suffer from cystic fibrosis, are getting weaker because Gaza is running out of the drugs needed to treat the lung disease and because of cuts to power for oxygen pumps and ventilators.In what is seen as the latest step in an effort to force Hamas to relinquish its control of Gaza, Abbas in June reduced the payments the PA makes to Israel for electricity it supplies to the territory.The resulting cuts mean that Gaza's 2 million people now have only three to four hours of power a day, forcing hospitals and other medical facilities to rely chiefly on generators and expensive fuel, while many private homes just go without. Hamas says that Abbas restricted transfers of medicine to Gaza in March, accusing Hamas of failing to reimburse the PA for its purchases, and cut the salaries of its officials in May. It also said it reduced power supplies to Gaza on a request from the Palestinian Authority.Gaza health officials say 320 people in the enclave have the disorder.
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