Patient dies due to continued Gaza siege



GAZA, (PIC)– The Palestinian sick woman Asia Sharateha, 27, died after Israeli authorities prevented her access to the West Bank via Beit Hanoun (Erez) checkpoint to receive treatment due to her health deterioration.

Mizan Center for Human Rights, in a statement issued Tuesday, confirmed the martyrdom of Asia Mohammed Sharateha, 27, on Monday after her health condition deteriorated.

Sharateha was a resident of Izbet Abed Rabbo in Jabaliya town in northern Gaza. According to Mizan’s field investigations, she suffered from a heart condition and needed an urgent surgery that cannot be done in Gaza.

However, the Israeli authorities did not give her access permission to cross to the West Bank to undergo the surgery. She had applied for permission with the Israeli authorities in October 2013 to go to a hospital in the West Bank via Erez crossing.

According to Mizan’s statement, the Israeli authorities insisted that Asia attends an interview with the Israeli security authorities at Erez crossing on 9 March 2014. When she arrived at the crossing, the Israeli authorities refused to allow anyone to accompany her, so she had to walk on her own for about a kilometer into the crossing for the interview. She entered Erez crossing alone at approximately 9:00 am. She waited there until 3:00 pm before being interviewed.

Asia’s husband told Mizan center that his wife was asked questions about her relatives and neighbors. The Israeli security did not ask her any questions about herself. She was not feeling well after she returned home and at approximately 1:30 am on Monday 10 March 2014 her condition deteriorated. Her husband took her to hospital where doctors tried to provide treatment, but she died at approximately 9:00 am on the same day.

The Mizan Center strongly condemned the ongoing Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip, which puts civilians’ lives in danger, particularly patients who need medical treatment that Gaza’s hospitals cannot provide.

A cancer patient had also died two days ago after Egyptian authorities prevented her access to receive treatment in Egypt’s hospitals.

(Source / 12.03.2014)

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