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Israel bans entry of medical equipment into Gaza

Ashraf Shannon
Press, Gaza

The Ministry of Health in Gaza has held a press conference near the Israeli controlled Erez crossing in northern Gaza. The aim was to demand the entry of badly needed medical equipment and diagnostic devices into the blockaded Gaza Strip.

The Israeli regime refuses to allow the entry of medical equipment as well as spare parts for devices that are needed to treat thousands of patients in Gaza. Hospitals in the besieged coastal territory are in dire need of such equipment. 

Gaza’s health sector has been suffering under years of the Israeli blockade. Israel refuses to allow new medical equipment as well as spare parts to fix vital equipment especially those that are needed to treat cancer patients and diagnose severe illnesses.

The territory’s biggest medical center, Gaza's Shifa hospital, is struggling to provide health services due to lack of medical equipment. Hundreds of medical devices are currently out of order due to lack of spare parts.

The Israeli regime prevents the entry of badly needed hospital equipment allegedly for security reasons.

The lack of medical equipment is endangering the lives of Palestinian patients in Gaza. Hundreds of them have already lost their lives under the ongoing Israeli blockade.

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