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May 2018

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

Gaza’s ongoing electricity crisis threatens hospitals with total power blackout

January 10th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , |

Update on 13 November, 2018 Gaza’s electricity crisis is nowhere close to being solved. The Strip currently relies on emergency fuel provided by the United Nations (UN) -Assisted Emergency Fuel Program to power back-up generators that allow health, water and sanitation facilities to keep functioning. However, the funds allocated for 2018 have been depleted. By

Sheikh Isa Qassim: Cleric Denied Healthcare in Bahrain

January 10th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , |

On 9 July 2018, Bahrain’s most prominent Shia Muslim religious cleric and spiritual leader of the biggest opposition society, Al-Wefaq, Sheikh Isa Qassim, left Bahrain for the United Kingdom to receive specialized medical treatment based on doctors’ advice. Due to his denaturalization, the Sheikh had to travel using a temporary passport valid for one year

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