Friday, June 25, 2010
Is Israel relaxing the siege? Check this denial of oxygen equipment to Palestinian hospitals
by Larry Geller
Seven oxygen machines donated to the Palestinain Authority by a Norwegian development agency were seized by Israeli officials en route to hospitals in the West Bank and Gaza, the Ramallah-based health ministry said.
The machines, the ministry said in a Thursday statement, were confiscated by Israeli officials who claimed that the generators attached "came under the category of possible use for non-medical purposes" if they were delivered to the southern Gaza governorates.
While only one generator was bound for southern Gaza, all seven were taken, the statement said, and "all were badly needed for medical treatment." [uruknet.info, MOH: Israel prevents delivery of oxygen to hospitals, 6/25/2010]
(Thanks to @TwiddleEastNews for pointer to this story)