Time: 12pm (local time)
The most recent incident occurred at 1:45pm on Tuesday, 2 April 2019, when three men in civilian clothes and riding a motorcycle assaulted Dr. Mohammed Kalloub, a 46-year-old vascular surgeon living in Deir Al-Balah. According to Dr. Kalloub, the three men punched and hit him, and one used a sharp object to beat him as he was leaving the European Gaza Hospital in Khan Younis. The three men fled. Dr. Kalloub suffered wounds below his right eye and bruises on his right hand and leg. The police are investigating the incident.
In a separate incident, at 11:45am on Monday, 1 April 2019, a man attacked Dr. Tawfiq Al-Ja’bari, 59, and Dr. Randa Mas’oud, 33—the director and deputy director of an UNRWA clinic in Beit Hanoun, North Gaza. The assailant attacked both staff members inside the clinic. According to Dr. Al-Ja’bari, he heard of the attack on Dr. Mas’oud and quickly went to his colleague’s office on the second floor of the clinic, to discover the doctor had been hit in the head and two computers and a telephone were damaged. After witnesses said they could not identify the assailant, Dr. Al-Ja’bari went to the ground floor in search, whereby he was also hit in the head and fell to the ground unconscious. Dr. Al-Ja’bari was initially treated at the physical therapy unit at the clinic and was then transferred to the Beit Hanoun hospital. He submitted a complaint at the police in Beit Hanoun and later, A spokesperson for the Gaza police stated that the assailant has been detained and was being interrogated.
Al Mezan Center for Human Rights condemns the assaults on the three doctors and expresses deep concern at the recurrence of attacks on health personnel. Medical professionals work in stressful conditions and with limited resources, due to the state of the impoverished health sector in Gaza. Al Mezan demands that both assaults be fully investigated and that perpetrators be held accountable and reparations given to victims.
Al Mezan stresses that an effective response to these two incidents, as well as to all similar incidents, is essential in maintaining the indispensable personnel that hold up Gaza’s fragile health sector, and more broadly is critical in ensuring the rule of law.