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Patient Dies After Israeli Authorities Deny Her Gaza Exit-Permit

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16 April 2018

At 5pm on Monday, 16 April 2018, Fayza Shamia, a 50-year old resident of Al Nusairat refugee camp in the Middle Gaza district, died at Al Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem. Israeli authorities had been denying her request for an exit-permit to receive urgent medical treatment from August 2016. Her health declined steadily throughout the twenty months that she waited for a permit. According to Al Mezan’s documentation, Shamia was diagnosed with breast cancer and scheduled to receive treatment at Al Makassed Hospital on 7 August 2016. She submitted a request through the Ministry of Civil Affairs to Israeli authorities in order to receive a permit in time for her appointment; however, her request was rejected. Between August 2016 and April 2018, she submitted seven more requests for an Erez crossing permit—all were denied by the Israeli authorities. Only on 16 April 2018, a few hours before her death, was she allowed to exit Gaza through Erez crossing.