Why does Israel ban Palestinian mothers from accompanying sick children from Gaza seeking treatment in the West Bank? | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Why does Israel ban Palestinian mothers from accompanying sick children from Gaza seeking treatment in the West Bank?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) pointed out in its 2020 annual report that, "All patients and patient companions from the Gaza Strip must apply for Israeli permits to exit the Gaza Strip in order to access hospitals in the West Bank, including east Jerusalem, and Israel."

Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip since 2006 has led to a dramatic deterioration of public health services; the sector is collapsing. The supply of essential medicines, medical disposables, laboratory materials and equipment is restricted severely by the siege. Palestinians in blockaded Gaza who suffer from serious illnesses generally have to seek treatment abroad, in Israel or in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. In order to leave Gaza, though, patients must obtain special permits from Israel, requests for which are often rejected for "security reasons". In some cases, Israel allows temporary exits from Gaza, but not all. Even if the patients are children, the occupation state frequently prevents parents or guardians from accompanying them for treatment in Israel or the West Bank.

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