Gaza PM's family feels the sting of medical embargo

Ismail Haniyeh, the prime minister of Gaza, had to send his 1-year-old granddaughter to Israel for medical treatment after she suffered clinical death, due to a lack of medical equipment.

Gaza PM's family feels the sting of medical embargo

World Bulletin / News Desk

The son of Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Tuesday that he had been forced to send his seriously ill daughter to Israel for medical treatment due to the crippling medical crisis – caused by a seven-year Israeli embargo – inside the Gaza Strip.

Amal, Haniyeh's one-year-old granddaughter, returned to Gaza earlier Tuesday from Israel – where she had been hospitalized for several hours – in a state of clinical death.

Her family decided to have her brought home after being told that her condition was incurable.

Amal suffers from a serious digestive infection that had damaged her brain.

"The Israeli blockade on Gaza and the resultant fuel and electricity crises have hit the local medical sector hard, leading to a severe shortage of drugs and badly-needed medical equipment," Abdel-Salam Haniyeh, the prime minister's son, told Anadolu Agency.

"This forced me to send my daughter for treatment in Israel," he added.

According to Abdel-Salam, Amal had suffered from fever that had caused serious brain damage and affected her nervous system.

Gazans who need urgent medical attention are allowed into Israel for treatment, since Gaza's only gateway to the outside world – the Rafah border crossing with Egypt – remains subject to lengthy closures by Egypt's military-backed rulers.

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