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May 2018

Delayed treatment results in death of two Palestinian men

May 18th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|

On 6 May 2018, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) delayed an urgent medical response for two critically injured Palestinian men, leading to their deaths. Baha’ Qdeih, 23, and Mohammed Abu Reeda, 20, were from Abasan al-Kabeera and Khan Younis, respectively. They were shot “in the area between the barbed-wire border fence and the Palestinian lands, east

A child dies every 10 minutes from Malnutrition in Yemen

May 18th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|

A child dies of malnutrition every 10 minutes in Yemen. Fadl, an eight-month-old baby, was severely dehydrated and his last visit to the hospital was on 29 November 2017. He died not long after. Fadl is only one of thousands of children who are suffering from malnutrition. According to Save the Children, up to 50,000

145 attacks on health facilities in Syria during the first 4 months of 2018

May 18th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|

Syria has a seen an alarming rise in the number of attacks on health facilities since the beginning of 2018, with a total of 145 in just the first four months of the year. This amounts to nearly 60 percent of all attacks on such facilities in 2017, which totaled 243. According to data compiled

April 2018

Another chapter in Gaza’s collapsing health care system

April 12th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , |

As of 18 February 2018, 860 surgeries had been delayed in Gaza amid labor strikes, according to Gaza’s Ministry of Health. Cleaning companies operating in hospitals in Gaza went on strike on 11 February 2018 to protest unpaid salaries. Some 832 cleaners had not received their salaries for months. The Ministry of Health reports that

February 2018

Turkish government cracks down on medical association

February 26th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , |

On 30 January 2018, Turkish police detained eleven leading members of the Turkish Medical Association (TMA), including the union’s chairman, Rasit Tukel, following a statement on 24 January denouncing the country’s military operation in northern Syria. Police reportedly seized computers and documents belonging to the union. The union faced criticism and threats of physical violence

2018 January Attacks on health facilities in Syria

February 26th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , |

In January 2018, the rate of attacks on health facilities in Syria was one every 24 hours. This rate is higher than that in January 2017, where one attack was reported every three days. On 2 January, at 5 p.m., three airstrikes forced the Al Magara Cave Hospital in Kafr Zeita in rural Hama out of

January 2018

Restrictions on freedom of movement hinder Palestinians’ access to health care

January 30th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , |

Barriers to freedom of movement imposed by Israel are delaying and preventing Palestinian patients from accessing urgent treatment. Factors including checkpoints throughout the West Bank, and the Gaza blockade, hamper access to treatment for patients. Checkpoints Patients traveling from the West Bank to East Jerusalem for treatment undergo a back-to-back ambulance transfer process, during which

Nabeel Rajab’s Health Worsens in Detention

January 26th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , |

On 15 January 2018, Bahrain’s highest court upheld a two-year prison sentence against human rights defender Nabeel Rajab for comments he made in media interviews. His health has steadily worsened since his detention began in June 2016. After undergoing surgery for bleeding ulcers on 5 April 2017, Nabeel was returned to Jau Prison where he developed a

Raiding health facilities is never justified

January 26th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , |

Between July and October 2017, Israeli forces have reportedly carried out at least four raids on hospitals in the occupied West Bank. On 17 July, around 30 Israeli soldiers raided Al Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem, searching for a 19-year-old injured Palestinian. On 21 July, Israeli soldiers stormed the same hospital in the pursuit of

Syria: Attacks on health in 2017

January 12th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In 2017, parties to the conflict in Syria were responsible for 243 attacks on medical, civil defense and Red Crescent facilities, killing 112 personnel. According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, the Syrian government and its Russian ally targeted 84 medical facilities, 34 ambulances, four Red Crescent facilities and 87 civil defense centers. It

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