Doctors in Gaza, Nasser Hospital_370.
(photo credit: Suhaib Salem/Reuters)
Hamas Health Minister Mofeed al-Mokhalalati accused Israel of poisoning
Palestinian patients in Gaza by providing the hospitals in the Strip with
carbon monoxide gas posing as nitrous gas, the Middle East Monitor
reported on Friday.
Four Palestinian patients were reportedly
poisoned by the carbon monoxide gas and suffered cardiac arrest, in what
Mokjalalati described as an "unprecedented case which almost killed
several patients at the hospital’s main operation room," according to
Palestinian news agency Ma'an.
Israel, Mokhalalati said, is the sole source of nitrous gas brought to the Gaza hospitals, that is used in anesthesia.
Gaza, we are not allowed to produce nitrous dioxide or import it except
via Israel, so we are investigating how the anesthetic gas was replaced
with carbon monoxide," Ma'an quoted him as saying.
formed an inquiry committee of experts to investigate how the carbon
monoxide came to be in Gaza hospitals, and postponed all surgical
operations until further noticed, the Middle East Monitor reported.
"We have stopped all surgical operations until we are able to check
all medical tools and equipment imported through Israel," he said.
His ministry also notified the Red Cross and the World Health Organization about the incident, Ma'an reported.