Gaza patient detained en route to West Bank for treatment

12:00 Apr 19 2016 Erez crossing

Gaza patient detained en route to West Bank for treatment
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Tuesday detained a Palestinian teen en route from the Gaza Strip to the occupied West Bank to receive medical treatment, legal sources said.

Legal sources told Ma’an that 19-year-old Muhammad Abu al-Foul was detained while attempting to travel out of the besieged enclave through the Erez crossing, reportedly after Israeli authorities notified those stationed at the crossing that he be summoned for interrogation.

Abu al-Foul was injured several months ago and had previously traveled to Nablus for treatment, sources said, adding that his detention marked the seventh Palestinian patient to be detained at Erez since the start of the year.

An Israeli army spokesperson did not have immediate information on the detention.

Erez is the sole crossing open for pedestrian travel between the Gaza Strip and Israel, and an Israeli military blockade imposed on the territory for nearly a decade severely restricts Palestinian movement through the border.

Seeking medical treatment in Gaza -- where nearly 20 hospitals and 60 primary healthcare facilities were damaged or destroyed by Israeli forces during the 2014 war -- is difficult, as Israel’s blockade limits medical equipment allowed into the Gaza Strip and restricts travel for those seeking medical training.

Many of Gaza’s 1.8 million Palestinian residents are as a result forced to either go without care or find a way to access treatment provided outside of the Palestinian territory.
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