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Palestinian dies in East Jerusalem as ambulance delayed by checkpoint

Oct. 29, 2015 1:33 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 29, 2015 5:27 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian man from the Jabal al-Mukabbir neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem died on Thursday after suffering a heart attack, with recently erected checkpoints in the area delaying ambulances services as they tried to reach the patient.

A spokesperson for the Noran Charitable Organization, Muhammad Bashir, said the group received a call at 6:33 a.m. requesting an ambulance for 52-year-old Nadim Shqeirat after he lost consciousness.

Red Crescent crews arrived at the scene in 11 minutes, with Bashir estimating that closures of the neighborhood with concrete blocks delayed the journey by at least 4 minutes.

Medics examined Shqeirat and determined that he had suffered a heart attack.

“Medics started to resuscitate him with electric shocks (defibrillators)and they called the Israeli ambulance service (Magen David Adom)asking for an intensive care ambulance,” Bashir said.

The Israeli medics refused to enter the neighborhood due to security reasons and waited by the Israeli Oz police station near Jabal al-Mukkabir.

Shqeirat was eventually transferred to the Israeli ambulance, but was pronounced dead by paramedics on the way to the hospital.

Earlier this month,Huda Muhammad Darwish, 65, reportedly died after she and her family were delayed from reaching the hospital due to long back ups at an al-Issawiya checkpoint.
Comments
Just another casualty / UK
This is the problem when the Arab children who should be studying, throw rocks and stab strangers. Things like ambulances become held up at the check points.Read up on "the post-Cartesian attempt to see everything as governed by simple laws of cause and effect"
29/10/2015 19:44
dekkers / NL
You listen and watch to much BBC. The cause is the illegal inhumane occupation of Palestine, the unnecessary effect is that Palestinians get murdered.
29/10/2015 20:26
Barbie / USA
Dekkers, you stole the words out of my mouth.
29/10/2015 21:00
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