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September 2018

What the US decision to cut funds to UNRWA could mean for Palestinian refugees

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

For nearly 70 years, The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has delivered lifesaving assistance to more than five million Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and the occupied territories. The agency allocates 17% of its budget in order to safeguard the health of the refugees and

August 2018

The Perpetual Blockade of Gaza is an Infringement of Medical Impartiality

August 3rd, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Now entering its 11th year, the Gaza blockade affects every aspect of life for Palestinians. The blockade, imposed by the Israeli military in June 2007, has devastated Gaza’s economy and left most people largely cut off from the outside world. Today, 80 percent of its population relies on international humanitarian aid to survive. The image

January 2018

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

Obstruction of Medical Assistance in the West Bank

January 19th, 2018|Categories: papers, Reports|Tags: , , , , , |

Throughout the occupied West Bank, Israeli officers have reportedly interfered with the work of medical teams by obstructing their access to the injured, and some patients died as a result. Israeli forces have also attacked medics and ambulances. In 2016, the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) documented 26 assaults on medics and ambulance teams and

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

Israeli officers prevented medics from reaching two wounded Palestinians

January 5th, 2018|Categories: Medical Impartiality News|Tags: , , , , |

In December 2017, Israeli Border Police prevented medics from reaching two wounded Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. At least 16 people were killed and 2245 others, including 254 children, were wounded during protests and clashes that took place across the occupied West Bank following US President Trump’s statement on Jerusalem. Roughly 70 percent of

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