Patients from Gaza are being refused transit for treatment unless they spy on neighbours, says report

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 06 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1180
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1London

    Palestinians trying to leave the Gaza Strip for essential medical treatment abroad are being turned back at the Israeli border unless they tell Israeli agents about their families and neighbours, says a new report from the Israeli division of Physicians for Human Rights.

    The Gaza Strip has only two border crossings that, in theory, permit civilians to leave: one on the Israeli border at Erez and one on the Egyptian border at Rafah. The Rafah crossing has been effectively closed since June 2007, when Hamas seized control of Gaza. Citizens of Gaza with referrals to hospitals abroad have been able to apply for permission to exit at Erez on humanitarian grounds.

    Since November, however, medical transit …

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