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Barrier in West Bank threatens residents' health care, says report

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7488.381 (Published 17 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:381
  1. Deborah Cohen
  1. London

    Almost a third of West Bank Palestinian villages will be denied free and open access to healthcare facilities once the Israeli government has completed constructing the West Bank barrier, says a report by the French non-governmental organisation Médecins du Monde.

    In June 2002 the Israeli government began to build a barrier around the West Bank that, according to the Israel Defence Forces, will “lessen the impact and scope of terrorism on the citizens of Israel.” Already 185 km long, it will eventually be 622 km long and consist of fences, ditches, patrol roads, and a concrete wall 8-9 m high costing an estimated $4.7m (£2.5m; €3.6m) per km.

    Worst hit will be the …

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