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Israel prevents most of Gaza residents from travelling for treatment

Gaza has been under strict Israeli siege since mid-2007 and tens of patients died due to inability to travel for treatment.

Jan 16 2018

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Israel occupation government decided on Monday to prevent most of Gaza residents from leaving the besieged enclave for treatment.

The decision came in response to the Israeli High Court’s petition submitted by the family of the Israeli soldier Hadar Goldin who was captured as a prisoner of war during Israel’s ground invasion of Gaza in 2014.

Principally, Israel prevents hundreds of Gazans, including Hamas members from entering Israel for any reasons. It has allowed only few cases of their relatives who were in critical conditions.

According to the Israeli news website Ynet News, the Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Occupied Territories has been tasked with implementing the new ban based on information provided by the Israeli security services.

Goldin’s family welcomed the ban, expressing hope that this would contribute to returning the soldiers missing in Gaza.

Ynet News said the soldier’s family had also called for restrictions of the visitation rights of Hamas prisoners held in Israeli jails.

The Israeli decision, according to the Israeli newspaper is aimed against Hamas members and their relatives.

Of course, Hamas, which won over 70 per cent of Palestinians’ votes in the last free elections in the territories, must exist in every Palestinian home. This way, if not all the Palestinians in Gaza, most of them are included in this dehumanising ban.

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