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Al-Khudari: Children are 35% of blockade-related deaths

Oct. 16, 2008 10:58 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 16, 2008 10:58 A.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - Palestinian lawmaker Jamal Al-Khudari, the head of the Popular Committee Against the Siege of the Gaza Strip announced on Thursday that 35% of the deaths caused by Israel's ongoing blockade of the Gaza Strip are children.

According to Al-Khudari, 252 people have died since June 2007 as a result of lack of medical supplies, the closure of the border crossings and patients' inability to travel abroad for treatment.

Israel closed the Gaza Strip's borders in 2007, severely limiting shipments of basic goods including medical supplies, food, fuel, and construction materials.

Al-Khudari says that because of a lack of raw materials, Gaza's war-ravaged health sector has been unable to recover. Gaza's only pharmaceutical factory shut down one month ago.

Israel bars shipments of 52 specific medicines from Gaza, including what Al-Khudari said were seven "basic medicines," including one for treating cancer. In addition hospitals are lacking oxygen supplies, sterilization alcohol.
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