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Wounded Gaza man to be transferred to West Bank for life-saving treatment

April 30, 2018 10:37 A.M. (Updated: May 4, 2018 8:12 P.M.)
Palestinian Red Crescent society ambulance (File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli authorities on Sunday reportedly approved the transfer of a wounded Palestinian from the Gaza Strip to the occupied West Bank to receive necessary medical treatment, according to the official Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa news agency.

Wafa reported that a Palestinian man, identified as Yousef Qatrawi, was shot in the thigh by Israeli forces during protests along the Gaza border.

Qatrawi’s injury was reported to be serious. Wafa noted that if he stayed in the Gaza Strip, he would likely have to get his leg amputated in order to save his life.

Qatrawi was scheduled to be moved on Sunday night, Wafa reported, “after extensive efforts were exerted from the Palestinian side to obtain approval for him to be moved to receive the appropriate medical care.”

Thousands of Palestinians have been injured, and at least 44 have been killed along the Gaza border since the “Great March of Return” protests began on March 30th.

Earlier this month, Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, reported that at least two Palestinians had to have their legs amputated after they were denied entrance into Israel and the West Bank, where they could have received life-saving treatment.

“The amputation of the two young men’s legs could have been prevented if the state had complied with its obligations under international humanitarian law and human rights law,” said attorney Sawsan Zaher of Adalah in the statement.

“The state’s response indicates that Israel’s policy is to prevent those in danger of losing organs from leaving Gaza for medical treatment, in order to punish them for participating in a non-violent protest.”

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