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Israeli forces detain Gazan on way to hospital with his mother

Oct. 20, 2013 12:44 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 21, 2013 2:48 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained Nu'man Rihan, 41, at the Beit Hanoun crossing while he was traveling with his mother to Israel for medical treatment on the first day of the Eid al-Adha holidays.

Human rights sources told Ma'an that on Tuesday Rihan was en route to Israel with his mother when he was detained. She was forced to return to Gaza and forgo her medical treatment as a result.

According to Mizan center, Rihan was detained for six days before being released on Sunday.

Over the course of the Eid al-Adha holidays, Israeli forces detained dozens of Palestinians at the Beit Hanoun crossing in northern Gaza.

An Israeli army spokesman did not return emails seeking comment.

The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by the State of Israel since 2007.

The blockade has severely limited the imports and exports of the Gaza Strip as well as the freedom of movement of Gaza residents, and has led to frequent humanitarian crises and hardship for Gazans. These have been particularly severe given frequently Israeli military assaults, particularly in 2008-9 and 2011, which killed around 1,400 and 170 Gazans respectively and led to major infrastructural damage.
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