mercredi 2 août 2017

Palestinian doctors go on strike for 2 hours in protest of armed assaults on hospitals

Les médecins palestiniens sont en grève pendant 2 heures pour protester contre les assauts armés sur les hôpitaux

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) – Palestinian doctors working in public hospitals in the occupied West Bank went on strike for two hours, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., on Tuesday in protest of recent assaults on hospitals in Jenin and Hebron in which Palestinian gunmen raided the premises and destroyed property and assaulted doctors.

Spokesperson for the Palestinian doctors’ synidcate Nitham Najib urged Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah to provide more protection to doctors and medical teams in Palestine’s hospitals, after both al-Razi hospital in Jenin and Alia hospital in Hebron were raided by Palestinian gunmen on Monday.

According to Palestinian police spokesperson Luay Irzeiqat, gunmen had broken into al-Razi hospital’s emergency room and “demolished properties, smashed an ambulance, and fired two gunshots.”

Palestinian news agency Wafa reported that the alleged assailants in Jenin “were furious by the hospital’s administration refusing to transfer one of their relative patients, who had just arrived to hospital with critical injuries resulting from a car accident, to a hospital in Israel.”

However, such transfers typically take time, as it has to be approved by the Ministry of Health, Wafa noted.

A video of the incident also emerged, showing a gunman waving his gun at doctors at the hospital, while others damage p...

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