restrictions on medical personnel and the right
to health care
To read the relevant Articles in international
humanitarian law applying to
attacks and restrictions on medical personnel
and hospitals and on the right of civilians to
receive health care,
on-duty medical personnel have been killed
by the Israeli army during the intifada.
At least 206 have been injured.
Palestinian paramedics have also been
arrested, beaten, and used as human shields
on numerous occasions.
Palestinian Red Crescent Society ambulances
have been destroyed and 80% of its
ambulance fleet has been damaged. During
Israeli attacks on Palestinian cities,
Israeli forces have shelled and raided
hospitals and clinics, including Ramallah,
Bethlehem, Hebron, and al-Bireh resulting in
destruction of medical equipment and
disruption of health care for patients.
At least 43
Palestinians have died during the al-Aqsa
intifada due to delayed or obstructed access
to medical care at Israeli checkpoints. In
over a dozen cases, women have been forced
to give birth at checkpoints, resulting in
at least 5 stillbirths. A number of
wounded Palestinians have died after Israeli
forces refused to allow medical personnel
access to them.
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