RNA - In its monthly report on referral of Gaza patients, the WHO said 42.6% of Gaza patients were delayed or denied security permits by Israeli authorities, WAFA reported on Saturday.
Of 1,847 patient applications for a permit to exit Gaza through Erez (Beit Hanoun) checkpoint for hospital appointments in July, 1,060 (57.4%) were approved, 45 (2.4%) were denied, and 742 (40.2%) were delayed with no response by the time of the patient’s hospital appointment. Among those delayed were 153 children under the age of 18 years and 89 people aged 60 years or older.
In addition, it said, more than half of patient companions were delayed or denied permits.
The report said 94 patients (57 males; 37 females) were requested for interrogation by the Israeli General Security Services at Erez during July. Only five were approved permits to travel for health care.
The report highlighted the case of a 22-year-old man with Gaucher’s disease who died while awaiting an appointment for security interrogation.
Yousef Zourub from Rafah who had severe case of pneumonia missed several appointments at Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem after his application for Israeli exit permit was delayed.
Following his application for the hospital appointment on July 16, Israeli General Security Services requested that Zourub attend for security interrogation at Erez on that day. However, he died at the European Gaza Hospital on the day of the appointment.