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Cancer patients suffer Israeli restriction in Gaza

Ruba Shabit
Press TV, Gaza

The Palestinian Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip held a press conference to attract global attentions on the sufferings of the cancer patients in the enclave due to the Israeli siege.

The closure of borders has increased pressure on the patients, ending either with their death due to the lack of treatment services in Gaza hospitals or unjustified restrictions imposed on movement for patients who need treatment across borders.

While almost 2,000 new cases are being diagnosed with cancer each year, 60% of them need to travel abroad for treatment which is denied by Israel. The Ministry has recorded more than 3,000 deaths among cancer patients over the past five years.

The Health Ministry in Gaza calls on the international community to pressure Israeli occupation to lift these restrictions on patients and facilitate their access to specialized hospitals outside Gaza to enhance opportunities for their urgent treatment.

The Israeli restrictions on Palestinians' movement along with its suffocating siege have doubled the sufferings of cancer patients in Gaza and practically denied their access to medical treatment, posing a threat to their lives.

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