"GAZA, Oct 21 (Reuters) - A Palestinian health official said on Sunday Gaza's main hospital would be forced to stop surgery because Israel had banned imports of anaesthetic gas, but Israel said it had not blocked medical supplies.
Khaled Radi, spokesman of the Hamas-run ministry of health in the Gaza Strip, said Israel had told the company that imports hospital supplies into Gaza it would not supply the gas, which is needed to conduct surgery.
He said the hospital had barely two canisters of gas left and would have to halt surgery soon.
"This is a crime against humanity. Israel is killing patients, including women and children," Radi said.
Gaza's Shifa hospital is the main medical facility in the impoverished coastal enclave, home to 1.5 million people, and is used for major operations. Radi said supplies of anaesthetic gas were also running out at Gaza's four smaller hospitals......."