Dauod Ishtay (the husband) said : “in the early morning, me and Rula went to the check point while she was in labor . I asked the soldiers to let us pass to the hospital in Nablus. After waiting for about 75 minutes, Rula’s situation was getting worse but none of my attempts helped us to pass.
Finally I was forced to state my wife behind a rock 20 meters away from the check point to help her giving birth. I was so confused what to do? later on, I had no solution but to cut the umbilical cord using two stones. Unfortunately the newborn baby passed away after few minutes.
After the soldiers made sure that the lady gave birth and that the infant was dead they let them pass to Nablus carrying their baby’s dead body to the hospital where the physicians assured the newborn death.
Rula still under shock in addition to the inability of moving her hands properly due to the stretch of holding her dead baby.
Press Release: Medecins du Monde, Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (28.8.03)
Medecins du Monde (MdM), Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-Israel) and the Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees (UPMRC) are joining their voices to denounce a series of violations of basic humanitarian laws and principles committed by the Israeli Army in Nablus. These violations are taking place in the overall context of massive military operations led by the Israeli army for more than a week. Among widespread violations of the international humanitarian law, we have noted the following:
In the night of 25 to 26 August, Israeli military forces entered the emergency services of Rafidia hospital to arrest two seriously wounded patients, admitted in intensive care unit. The violent methods employed by the soldiers put the life of the two persons into real danger.
On August 21, one clinic belonging to the UPMRC and Health Work Committees, in the old city of Nablus, was invaded by the army.
On August 26, Israeli soldiers forced their way into the MDM / Nablus municipality dispensary, occupied the medical facility, searched the medical files and damaged the premises. The occupation of this medical facility lasted more than one day and prevented the surrounding population to access basic health cares. The medical personnel have been several times denied in the right to access the dispensary and to provide medical assistance.
On 28 August, MDM witnessed the refusal of Israeli soldiers to let a UPMRC emergency team provide first aid to civilians retained by the soldiers in a building. Meanwhile, UPMRC staff trying to provide assistance to the Balata Camp population was prevented from entering. In addition, the soldiers confiscated and destroyed their ID cards.
In reaction to these persistent and repeated breaches of international humanitarian conventions, MDM, PHR-Israel and UPRMRC are demanding that the Israeli authorities stop violating basic humanitarian principles and respect the fundamental rights of every patient to access health services and that medical personnel be allowed to move freely at any time
US $ 200,000 the cost of damage to HWC clinic in Nablus
According to the Health Work Committees (HWC) release, the Israeli army raided their clinic in the old city of Nablus during the night of 23 August 2003. Explosives caused enormous damage to the rooms and equipment and blew off all doors on the west side.
Health Work Committees reported that seven rooms were almost completely destroyed, including the entrance railing and roof, all the windows, furniture in all rooms, water and electrical networks and the isolation walls and false ceiling. In addition, the following equipment was damaged:
1. Echocardiography machine
2. Ultrasound machine
3. Cell counter machine
6. All the equipment in the dental clinic
Health Work Committees estimated the amount of damage caused by the Israeli army to be US$ 200,000. This Center was able to serve more than 50,000 people annually from Nablus and surrounding areas.
PRCS: Israeli Army may have contributed to the death of an elderly woman at an Israeli checkpoint
At 4:12 in the afternoon of 22-8-2003, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society’s EMS center in Tulkarem was informed that a 75-year-old female patient from the Safareen village, in critical condition, was waiting with her doctor at the Beit Leed intersection to be transported to hospital. Immediately, an ambulance went to the scene. However, when the crew arrived at the Al-Kafreeyat checkpoint, they found it closed by a barrier and barbwire. The driver started calling out to the soldiers at the checkpoint using the ambulance’s loudspeaker, explaining to them that the case was urgent. However, the soldiers at the tower came down and walked to the ambulance, which took them about 10 minutes. During that time, the driver called to the soldiers through the loudspeaker and sounded the horn on several occasions to urge them to hurry up.
The soldier eventually started to inspect the ambulance. For a further 7 minutes, one of the soldiers argued with the crew because they did not have a permit to reach the Beit Leed intersection, alleging that they needed such a permit because Tulkarem is a closed military area. In the meantime, the doctor looking after the patient phoned the EMS center to report that the patient had passed away.
PRCS Ambulances Delays at Checkpoints (16-29 August, 03)
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