Palestinian doctors stopped at Israel border

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights is condemning the prevention of a medical delegation from traveling via Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing by the Ministry of Health in Gaza. The delegation was to participate in a medical conference in Jerusalem.

The centre says the doctors were banned from traveling to Jerusalem to participate in a medical conference organized by the network of hospitals in East Jerusalem, in cooperation with WHO. Other members of the delegation were allowed to attend.

Dr. Mahmoud Dhaher, Director of WHO Office in Gaza, stated that he was surprised by the decision taken by Minister of Health in Gaza, Dr. Bassem Naim, to ban the five doctors from traveling for no apparent reasons. As a result of this decision, the participation of the whole medical delegation from the Ministry of Health in Gaza was cancelled.

The conference, which is organized by hospitals in Jerusalem in cooperation with WHO, aims at reviewing the level of services provided by Arab hospitals in Jerusalem to patients from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

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