Diesel shortage means 'disaster' for Hama hospitals

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The rebel-affiliated Hama Health Administration, responsible for providing medical services in that province’s northern countryside, declared the suspension of all hospital and clinic work on Monday because of a diesel crisis. “Diesel has been cut off for two weeks because the Islamic State is not allowing convoys to pass from the eastern regions,” Hukm Abu Riyan, spokesman for the pro-opposition Hama Media Center, told Syria Direct Tuesday. “They're cutting off the heads of fuel truck drivers heading to the area,” he added. It was not immediately clear why IS is blocking the convoys. The shortage “threatens medical organizations with collapse, which will have dangerous ramifications for the general health of Hama province,” read the announcement from the Health Administration, which is part of the Syrian Interim Government. “The situation is tragic right now; there are a number of hospitals off line. It will be a disaster—what will happen to those who are wounded, and those with diseases that require dialysis?” said Abu Riyan.