Gazan cancer pa­tients protest Is­rael travel ban

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Front Page -

FE­MALE cancer pa­tients in the Gaza Strip protested the travel ban from Is­rael, which does not al­low pa­tients to come and re­ceive med­i­cal treat­ment, call­ing on the Pales­tinian gov­ern­ment and in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions to act as soon as pos­si­ble.

DOZENS of fe­male cancer pa­tients in the Gaza Strip have launched a protest against Is­rael’s travel ban, de­mand­ing med­i­cal treat­ment out­side the Gaza Strip. Dur­ing protests, the women car­ried posters de­mand­ing that they be al­lowed to leave for med­i­cal treat­ment in the West Bank and Is­rael.

They called on the Pales­tinian gov­ern­ment, in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions and the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion to act with­out de­lay.

“Is­rael re­jected 62 per­cent of the women who wanted to be treated out­side Gaza,” said Feryal Sabit, direc­tor of the Women’s Health Cen­ter.

Since the en­clave’s clo­sure was en­acted in 2006, the first or­ga­nized pub­lic protest of Gazan pa­tients against Is­rael’s ban was held on Jan­uary this year, as re­ported by the Is­raeli news­pa­per Ha­reetz.

Ac­cord­ing to the Pales­tinian Health Min­istry, 1,500 peo­ple are di­ag­nosed with cancer each year in the Is­raeli block­ade of Gaza. As the num­ber of cancer pa­tients sig­nif­i­cantly rises, Gazans are not al­lowed to cross into the coun­try to seek med­i­cal treat­ment.

The Gaza Strip has faced de­te­ri­o­rat­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian con­di­tions, in­clud­ing a se­vere elec­tric­ity cri­sis and a lack of clean wa­ter. The coastal en­clave of some 2 mil­lion peo­ple also has one of the world’s high­est un­em­ploy­ment rates and has seen three wars with Is­rael since 2008. It has been un­der an Is­raeli block­ade for around a decade, while its bor­der with Egypt has also re­mained largely closed in re­cent years.

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