A human rights warning of “dangerous” repercussions for preventing Israel from supplying medical devices to Gaza
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights warned of the “serious” repercussions resulting from the continued prevention of the Israeli authorities from supplying medical devices to the Gaza Strip, for more than 10 months.
The center said – in a statement – that these devices, which Israel prevents from supplying to Gaza, would save the lives of thousands of patients who need health services inside government hospitals in the Strip.
He added that “the occupation authorities have prevented the supply of new equipment necessary for medical radiology services in Gaza hospitals for 10 months.”
He explained that Israel “also prohibits the supply of spare parts needed to repair a large number of broken and out of service medical devices, despite their importance in diagnosing diseases or treating patients.”
And he indicated that more than “2 million citizens of Gaza depend on government health facilities to receive treatment,” noting that these facilities are already suffering from “a serious deterioration resulting from the Israeli siege, and the repercussions of the internal political division.”
The center held Israel “the primary responsibility for providing medical supplies to the residents of Gaza, as it is an occupying power, in accordance with the Fourth Geneva Convention.”
The center called on the international community and the World Health Organization to “pressure on Israel to compel it to abide by its duties, and to allow all medical needs to enter the Strip.”
And since last December 26, the Ministry of Health has demanded – on various occasions – the entry of medical devices that Israel has been holding for months.
The Ministry has also repeatedly announced that it is facing a crisis due to the lack of medicines, supplies and medical devices, as a result of the Israeli blockade, for more than 15 years in a row.
Since 2007, Israel has imposed a blockade on the population of Gaza, who are more than two million Palestinians, which has caused a significant deterioration in economic and living conditions.