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29 Omar al-Mukhtar St

PO Box 1328

Gaza City

Gaza Strip

via Israel

Telefax:

972 8 282 4776

972 8 282 5893

972 8 282 3725

E-mail:

pchr@pchrgaza.org

 

 

Obstruction of Relief Work

Since the outbreak of the al-Aqsa intifada more than 40 Palestinians have died due to delayed or obstructed access to medical care at Israeli checkpoints and at least 15 on duty medical personnel have been killed. Especially since the Israeli Operation Defensive Shield in April 2002 the job as a relief worker has become dangerous. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society has had 10 ambulances 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 resulting in destruction of medical equipment and disruption of health care for patients.