Sunday, July 10, 2011

Gaza patients suffer medicine shortages, arrest and humiliation upon seeking medical treatment

PressTV - Gaza patients suffer from medicine shortage:

Mon Jul 11, 2011 12:36AM
Ashraf Shannon, Press TV, Gaza

"To put more pressure on besieged Palestinians in Gaza, Israel has increased its arrest and humiliation of Gazan patients seeking medical treatment outside of the enclave.

The Hamas ministry of health has condemned the arrest and indictment of a Gazan patients as he was leaving Gaza last week.

Data collected by Palestinian Non Governmental Organization's network (PNGO) and its affiliates indicate a rise in the number of Palestinian patients arrested by Israeli security Agency at the Erez crossing in Northern Gaza.

Years of Israeli siege have led to acute shortage of necessary equipment and medicine in Gaza hospitals to deal with the relatively high number of seriously ill patients.

The situation is especially dangerous for chronically ill patients who have to be on medication for long and those requiring emergency operations.

We went to meet the family of Aed Zeyadeh the latest victim of Israel's aggression against Palestinians in Gaza and they had this to say….

According to Israeli rights group Betselem, Israel continues to breach the right of the residents to medical care inside Gaza and access to medical treatment outside the area.

The Ministry of health and human rights groups in Gaza have voiced concern over the current situation and called upon the international community to stand by the patients in the Gaza Strip.

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