Israeli forces storm East Jerusalem hospital, seize medical records

12:00 Oct 27 2015 al-Makassed Hospital, Al-Tur

JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Tuesday raided al-Makassed Hospital in the al-Tur neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem and seized the medical file of one of its patients, a staff member told Ma'an.

The staff member said that "undercover" special units had stormed the hospital's emergency department, demanding to see the file of a Palestinian they said was treated at the hospital several days before.
They said that they had permission from an Israeli court to take the file, and refused to leave until it was handed over.

An Israeli police spokesperson said he had no information of the incident.

Israeli forces have frequently stormed hospitals to seize medical records and detain patients.

At the beginning of the month, undercover forces, dressed as Palestinians, detained a Palestinian patient after storming al-Arabi Hospital in Nablus in the northern West Bank.

In mid-October, the Palestine Red Crescent Society also decried the actions of Israeli forces toward its medical staff.

The society said that Israeli forces had attacked its ambulance crews and detained Palestinian patients from inside ambulances. It said that the incidents were "a blatant violation" of international humanitarian law.
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