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Palestinian health crisis will end only with withdrawal of Israel

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b970 (Published 09 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b970
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip are enduring a chronic health crisis that will be fully alleviated only by an end to the occupation by Israel, a two year, peer reviewed study by an international team has concluded.

    The report, written by a team of health scientists from Birzeit University, near Ramallah, West Bank—together with colleagues from the World Health Organization, United Nations agencies, and universities in the United States, the United Kingdom, Norway, and France—is described as the latest and most comprehensive assessment yet produced of the health of Palestinians.

    Published by the Lancet, it points to numerous indicators of worsening health among the 3.8 million residents of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, where women of reproductive age and children under …

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