World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


URGENT: Nablus Closed to Emergency Medical Cases

URGENT: Nablus Closed to Emergency Medical Cases

The Israeli army has closed down Nablus and patients can no longer receive emergency medical care.

From dozens of complaints received today by PHR-Israel, we have learned that since 6:30 this morning, 2 November 2003, the Palestinian city of Nablus has been hermetically sealed off by the Israeli Army in both directions. According to the army, a "security problem" is the reason behind the lockdown, which is also blocking off ambulances and humanitarian cases. One woman from a nearby village, who is nine months pregnant and felt strong pains, was forced to wait for 4 hours at a checkpoint, and was only allowed through after "Machsom Watch" activists intervened.

Hundreds of thousands of people living in nearby villages and towns require the medical services available in the main medical centers of Nablus. For months now, patients from these areas have been unable to obtain needed medical care, such as preventative medicine and examinations. Today, even urgent cases are being locked out.

It is clear that this lockdown is devastating and will have severe implications on health and human rights, and in some cases already has. Patients of the Palestinian Medical Relief (UPMRC) were turned back. Soldiers prevented passage of other ambulances, while threatening the staff and patients with their rifles. PHR-Israel continues to learn of new cases as this lockdown persists.

These actions are against the declared official policy of Israel itself, and are certainly against the international humanitarian law.

PHR-Israel firmly believes that these actions are unacceptable and calls upon the Israeli army to preserve human dignity and end this siege on Nablus.

More on freedom of movement: Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-Israel) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization founded in 1988 and currently comprising some 800 members, with the aim of striving to promote medical human rights in Israel and in the territories under Israel's effective control. The basic values of PHR-Israel are human dignity, protection of bodily and mental integrity, and promotion of the right to health and medical care.

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news