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Israeli government rejects charity's report that claims occupation has damaged health of Palestinians

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 04 December 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1308
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    The Israeli government last week rejected the conclusions of a report from the international charity Médecins du Monde that claims that the government has unjustifiably hampered the free movement of ambulances in the occupied territories and deliberately targeted their crews. Israel accuses the Palestinian Red Crescent and local hospitals of allowing themselves to be used as couriers and safe houses for weapons.

    Shuli Davidovich, a spokeswoman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry, said: “The terrorists know that we cannot attack ambulances or hospitals because they are protected by international law. They use that immunity to conceal and smuggle weapons in them.

    “Nobody wants to hinder ambulances, but on …

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