Number of patients from Gaza getting travel permits for medical treatment falls by 90%, says charity

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 08 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1039
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1London

Patients are dying in the Gaza Strip because neighbouring governments are preventing them from seeking treatment outside the occupied territory, according to the Israeli medical charity Physicians for Human Rights Israel.

More than 40 patients with cancer and cardiac problems have died in recent months after being refused permission to leave through the Erez crossing by Israel’s military and intelligence services. Permits are often withheld for unspecified “security reasons,” even though patients have been accepted for referral by hospitals in Israel, the West Bank, Jordan, or Egypt.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health estimates that about 800 patients of all ages and …

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