Israeli blockade claims 344 Gaza patients…Posted: August 17, 2009
Palestinian sources say 344 patients have so far died post 22-day war against Gaza, because of a lack of medical supplies in the Gaza strip due to an Israeli siege.
The last “martyr of the Israeli siege”, according to Palestinian Ministry of Health, is 42 year-old Omar Ata Allah Al-Sha’er from Rafah city in the south of the Gaza Strip.
With the death of Al-Sha’er, the number of Palestinians to have died because of the Israeli siege imposed on the impoverished region since June 2007 now stands at 344.
The document provided by the Palestinian Ministry of Health shows that Al-Sha’er suffered from chronic kidney failure and his health deteriorated while Israeli authorities disallowed him from traveling to receive treatment abroad, although he had the necessary papers for travel.
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