WHO: 20% of denied access to medical care are Gazan cancer patients

Patient Gaza

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A fifth or 20% of medical applications submitted in August by patients in the besieged Gaza Strip were denied, by Israel, a permit to leave for medical treatment in East Jerusalem or Israeli hospitals were for cancer patients, according to a monthly report by the World Health Organization (WHO).

On Thursday, WHO published their monthly report on health access for Palestinians in the occupied territories, showing that 18% of the denied applications were for orthopedics and 14% for neurosurgery patients.
Several Palestinian patients have died while waiting for an Israeli permit to get life-saving treatment that is not available in Gaza.
The report said that 152 patient applications (98 male; 54 female), or 7% of the total, were denied permission for health care in August to cross the Erez crossing (Beit Hanoun), between Israel and the northern besieged Gaza Strip; those denied included seven children under the age of 18 years and 23 patients aged 60 years or older.
The report added that 68% of the permit applications were approved, making up 1,484 (781 male; 703 female) of the 2,173 applications.
However, according to the report, the approval rate of permit applications for Palestinians injured by the Israeli army gunfire during the border protests was significantly lower than the overall approval rate, with only three out of 53 applications in August approved (6%), 17 (32%) denied and 33 (62%) delayed.
Additionally, 537 patient applications (342 male; 195 female), or 25% of the total, were delayed access to care, receiving no definitive response to their application by the date of their hospital appointment. Of these, 126 applications were for children under the age of 18 and 47 applications were for patients aged 60 years or older.
WHO reported that of the 537 delayed patients, a quarter (24%) had appointments for orthopedics, 12% for cancer treatment and 7% for ophthalmology. Almost two thirds (67%) of delayed patients submitted their applications more than 15 days prior to their hospital appointment.
Since patients who are seeking medical treatment outside the Gaza Strip need to have at least one companion with them, particularly children and the elderly, out of 2,491 applications to Israel for permits to cross the Erez crossing to accompany patients, 1,301 (52%) patient companion applications were approved, while 256 applications (10%) were denied and 934 (38%) remained pending on the date of the patient’s medical appointment.
According to local organization the al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, more than 15 medical patients died in Gaza in 2017 after being denied permits by the Israeli authorities that would have allowed them access to hospitals.

(Source / 28.09.2018)

3-month-old baby among injured in Kafr Qaddum

3 month old baby injured

QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — A 3-month-old baby was among several Palestinians injured by Israeli forces suppressing the weekly peaceful anti-settlement march, on Friday, in the Kafr Qaddum village in the northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqiliya.

Coordinator of popular resistance committee in Kafr Qaddum, Murad Ishteiwi, said that Israeli forces raided the village before Friday prayers to suppress the weekly march that sets off following prayers.
Ishteiwi added that Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear-gas bombs at protesters participating in the march and inside homes of local residents.
Seven protesters, several of whom were from South Korea, while others were Palestinian, were injured along with a 3-month-old baby, who suffered from tear-gas inhalation by tear-gas bombs that hit homes of the village.
All of the injured, including the baby, were treated on the scene.
Residents of Kafr Qaddum began staging weekly protests in 2011 against Israeli land confiscations, as well as the closure of the village’s southern road by Israeli forces. The road, which has been closed for 14 years, is the main route to the nearby city of Nablus, the nearest economic center.The Israeli army blocked off the road after expanding the illegal Israeli settlement of Kedumim in 2003, forcing village residents to take a bypass road in order to travel to Nablus, which has extended the travel time to Nablus from 15 minutes to 40 minutes, according to Israeli rights group B’Tselem.Addameer, a Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, said “Before 2003, the residents of Kafr Qaddum would use a shorter road to the east in order to come and go to nearby cities and villages.”Addameer added “The only alternative road is roughly six times longer than the previous route, disrupting the villagers’ ability to attend university, jobs, and other vital aspects of their economic and social well-being.”

(Source / 28.09.2018)

Israel seals off, declares Khan al-Ahmar closed military zone

Closed Khan al-Ahmar

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces declared the Khan al-Ahmar village, east of occupied Jerusalem in the central West bank, on Friday, a closed military zone.A Ma’an reporter said that Israeli forces closed all roads leading to Khan al-Ahmar, preventing Palestinians and journalists from entering the village.Israeli forces closed the iron gate at the entrance of the village, early Friday morning.Deployed soldiers prevented people from entering or exiting the village to prevent activists and residents from performing group Friday prayers in the village as a protest to the Israeli demolition order against it.Last week, the Israeli Civil Administration ordered residents of Khan al-Ahmar to demolish their own homes and evacuate the area before the start of October. However, last month, residents had declared that they would not be leaving their homes and would not agree to be transferred anywhere.

Khan al-Ahmar has been under threat of demolition by Israeli forces; the demolition would leave more than 35 Palestinian families displaced, as part of an Israeli plan to expand the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Kfar Adummim.
(Source / 28.09.2018)