Crisis 'erupting in Gaza'

mercurial

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http://www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_2234342,00.html

Gaza City - The World Health Organisation warned against a humanitarian crisis erupting in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip due to Israeli travel restrictions, according to a report obtained by AFP on Thursday.

"The health situation in the Gaza Strip ... continues to decline and risks becoming a humanitarian crisis," the report said.

"The World Health Organisation (WHO) notes with grave concern reports that patients trying to leave Gaza for specialist medical care in Israel or neighbouring countries are increasingly being denied travel permits."

Out of 4 074 Gaza patients who applied to Israel for travel permits to leave the territory on medical grounds since June 2007 - when Hamas violently seized power in the territory - 713 had their applications denied, it said.

"The proportion of patients who have been denied passage has reportedly more than doubled since the restrictions were imposed, increasing from 10.7% in June to 22.9% in October."

Following the Hamas takeover Israel further upped the strict travel restrictions in and around Gaza, from where it removed troops and settlers in 2005 but whose borders it still controls.

At least 12 people have died in Gaza since October as a result of delays in receiving the travel permits or being delayed at checkpoints, WHO said.

"WHO urges all to abide by humanitarian principles and international conventions regardless of political considerations and military conflicts," said the report.

"The health system of the occupied Palestinian territory, especially in Gaza, is heavily dependent on referral to hospitals and other health services outside the area."
 

trek_mambo

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Israel is killing innocent people by not granting permits to attain medical care. I don't really think people in Israel themselves understand that they are being used as tools for America's proxy war against the middle east.

BTW the reason Hamas is mentioned and adjectives like 'violently' and 'terrorist' is used is because of course it is easier to kill people if they are 'evil' muslims.
 

ghoti

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Someone should tell Hamas band aids are cheaper than mortars. Why not go to Egypt for the medical aid? Surely they would welcome their brethren with open arms?
 

lived666

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maybe if they sort of stopped shooting missiles daily into Israel then they would be allowed into Israel for medical care - and as mentioned, why lay the blame on Israel - Gazza borders Egypt - let them go there for treatment.
Geez what a bunch of looneys - lets bomb Israel daily and refuse to recognise their right to exist but we get a little owie and we want to run to their hospitals becuase they have the best doctors in the world....shame.
 

PeterCH

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maybe if they sort of stopped shooting missiles daily into Israel then they would be allowed into Israel for medical care - and as mentioned, why lay the blame on Israel - Gazza borders Egypt - let them go there for treatment.
Geez what a bunch of looneys - lets bomb Israel daily and refuse to recognise their right to exist but we get a little owie and we want to run to their hospitals becuase they have the best doctors in the world....shame.
I agree on everything but the 'best doctors in the world' bit. Everyone will tell you that the best doctors in the world are at John's Hopkins.
 

Chris_the_Brit

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Oh dear, the liberals have seemingly invaded every single organization on this planet :eek:

Don't the WHO realise that Israel have blocked these permits because some of them are likely to be Hamas terrorists intent on killing civilians and Israeli Army soldiers?

And the vast majority are still getting medical care..77.1%. And it's probably financed by Israeli taxpayers considering most of the Palestinians are poor.
 
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