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Palestinian NGO admits: Palestinian cancer patients from Gaza and the West Bank were treated in Israel

Palestinian anti-cancer nonprofit Mariam Foundation Director Muhammad Hamed: “Even before the aggression on Gaza (i.e., the 2023 Gaza war), we had problems with the cancer patients in the Gaza Strip because they are not being treated like other cancer patients in the world, since there is no radiation treatment [in Gaza]. There wasn’t any in the West Bank either, and therefore 90% of the cancer patient children in the Gaza Strip, and the cancer patients in Gaza, were treated in the occupied Interior (i.e., Palestinian term for Israel). Since the aggression, these children and these patients are no longer allowed to complete the treatment. We are talking about 800 cancer patients (sic., 400) who are still [waiting] from before Oct. 7, [2023] (i.e., Hamas’ massacre) in the West Bank and the occupied Interior… Each one has one person accompanying them. We are talking about approximately 400 patients, but 10,000 cancer patients have completely lost the treatment.”

[Official PA TV, June 16, 2024]

Hamas war on Israel October 2023 - Over 1,100 Israelis, including over 800 civilians, were murdered and over 5,000 wounded, in addition to approximately 251 who were abducted into the Gaza Strip (including 135 later released or liberated - 19 of them whose bodies were retrieved - and at least 41 who were killed and had their bodies held), in a Hamas terror war that began when approximately 3,000 Hamas terrorists and thousands of Gazan civilians broke through Israel's security fence at the Gaza Strip border and launched a surprise attack, taking control of several Israeli towns and attacking a music festival on the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah, which fell on the Sabbath, Oct. 7, 2023. During the massacre the terrorists tortured, raped, shot, beheaded, and burned their victims alive, murdering entire families and leaving at least 21 children without parents. Hamas terrorists also fired at least 5,000 rockets at Israeli population centers. In response, Israel launched Operation Iron Swords to counter the Hamas terror threat. Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon joined Hamas' terror war starting from the following day, attacking Israel from the north. Occasional rocket launches and shootings continued from Lebanon throughout the war. A ceasefire and prisoner exchange deal began on Nov. 24, 2023, in which Israel agreed to release 150 terrorist prisoners, pause drone surveillance in the Gaza Strip, and allow movement between the northern and southern Gaza Strip, in return for 50 Israeli female and child hostages held by Hamas. The deal was subsequently extended with additional releases, until Hamas violated the agreement and resumed attacking on Dec. 1, 2023.

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