Gaza’s struggle against the coronavirus pandemic has been decimated by Israel’s 13-year blockade that has caused severe shortages of medicine and equipment, the country’s health ministry said Wednesday.

Health Ministry spokesman Esref al-Kudra said it is fighting COVID-19 with limited capabilities that decrease daily.

Kudra said 43% of medicines, 25% of medical consumables, 65% of laboratory supplies and blood banks have already been consumed.

A huge shortage of sterilizers and personal protective equipment are compounding the challenges, said Kudra.

He urged local, regional and international authorities to take immediate action to provide Palestine with supplies, noting it has only

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