Engel des Todes | 04.01.2009 16:43 | Palestine
But just as we saw in Lebanon, Israel has no qualms about targeting medics and hospitals, but now wee see a new sick twist: holding the wounded to ransom.
Not content with its usual practice of breaking International Law and bombing medical facilities and targeting medical vehicles…
‘Since fighting began in the Gaza Strip, PHR-Israel has received 6 reports of Israeli Air Force attacks on medical infrastructure and personnel. On Thursday, January 1, PHR-Israel responded by appealing to the Minister of Defense to open an investigation into the reported instances .’
Israel is now, again in breach of the Geneva Conventions, by refusing to treat civilian casualties without promise of payment up front!
‘On Monday, December 29th, an ambulance carrying a young Gazan man 16 years old, wounded in the air attacks, reached Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv. Only one person succeeded in gaining entry into Israel, despite information from COGAT the that 11 patients were granted authorization to leave the Strip. The youth was injured at the UNRWA school and it was found that he was permitted to exit only after UNRWA agreed to shoulder the costs of his medical care. PHR-Israel has learned, after a thorough inquiry into the matter that wounded persons are not referred to Israeli hospitals due to the decision by the Palestinian Referrals Office in Ramallah that they will not cover the cost of hospitalization in Israel for many reasons, primarily because it regards Israel as responsible for the direct wounds inflicted on the individuals. ‘
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