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Israel admits 80% fewer Gazans to hospitals as requests increase

Nov. 7, 2008 5:44 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 7, 2008 5:44 P.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - The number of Gazans in need of medical attention admitted into Israel in the past month has declined from 500, to only 62 emergency cases and another 42 who direly needed specialized medical care.

Head of Ambulances and Emergency Care in the de facto Ministry of Health Mu'awieh Hassanein said Israel had refused the requests of hundreds of Gazans.

The problem, according to Hassanein, has been worsening for three months. Not only are Palestinians refused permission to seek treatment in Israeli hospitals, but they were also denied permission to travel out of the Gaza Strip to seek treatment in Jordan.

Hassanein said he considered such steps inhuman, and appealed to the Jordanian King Abdullah II to put pressure on Israel to allow Palestinian patients to receive necessary treatment.

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