Palestinian Authority

Health officials in the Gaza Strip say they are concerned about hundreds of patients unable to travel to Israel or other countries for vital treatment, and that local hospitals lack essential medical equipment, drugs and fuel. Since June, when Hamas took over in Gaza, 17 percent of all patients who applied for permits to enter Israel were denied entry, mostly on “security grounds,” according to World Health Organization (WHO) statistics. In October the figure rose to 23 percent. (IRIN)

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