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Teen dies en route to hospital amid checkpoint closure

Nov. 29, 2013 10:33 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 1, 2013 10:28 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian teenager died Thursday after she was unable to pass through an Israeli checkpoint on the way to the hospital during a medical emergency, the girl's family said.

Nour Mohammad Afaneh, 14, died in an ambulance while in critical condition on her way to a Bethlehem hospital, Afaneh's father told Ma'an.

He said that Anafeh had been suffering from severe pneumonia and was physically disabled.

On the way to Beit Jala Governmental Hospital, the ambulance arrived at the Container Road checkpoint north of Bethlehem and found it closed, he said.

After attempting three other routes to the hospital in heavy traffic, the ambulance attempted to bring Anafeh to Ramallah Governmental Hospital, but she died before arriving, her father said.

Her funeral will be held Thursday.

Popular Committe Spokesman Hani Halbiya told Ma'an that Israeli forces have kept the Container Road checkpoint closed for the past three days.

Extreme traffic is commonplace in the Wadi Nar area between Bethlehem and Ramallah, and closures of the Container Road checkpoint slow movement even more.

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