Israel destroys vitamin shipment for disabled Palestinian children
- Palestinian women protest Islamic charity cutbacks in Gaza City
Nov 10, 2003 (Associated Press)
Gaza City, Gaza Strip- AP -- A violent protest in the Gaza Strip by
hundreds of women today.
Some 300 Palestinian women smashed windows of government buildings
with sticks and rocks. They're protesting the tighter monitoring of
Islamic charities accused of having links to Islamic militants.
The increased supervision has led to delays in the welfare payments
by the charities to some Palestinians.
Palestinian security forces fired into the air, and moved patrol cars
into position to protect other government buildings. No injuries are
Israel destroys shipment of vitamins for disabled Palestinian
Occupied Jerusalem: 30 October, 2003 (IAP News)
Zionist regime authorities have destroyed a shipment of medicine,
vitamins and other food supplements to disabled Palestinian children
in the refugee camps in the Gaza Strip, some of whom suffer from
down syndrome and malnutrition.
According to officials of al-Awda hospital in Gaza, the shipment is
worth tens of thousands of dollar.
"The shipment was held at the airport in Tel Aviv and we were told
that certain documents were needed. However when the documents were
provided and every time we submitted a document, another was
demanded," said Dr. M. al Farra of the Awda hospital.
"Eventually, the Israeli government destroyed the shipment of the
vitamins without any explanation."
The shipment in question was donated by the US-based Holy Land Trust,
a Christian charity.
A UN report last month accused the Israeli regime of preventing food
and water from hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.
Palestinian sources said Israeli port authorities were holding up
hundreds of tons of food materials donated to the Palestinians
without any explanation.
A spokesman for a Hebron-based charity accused the Israeli government
of seeking "to starve Palestinian children."
"I think they are waging a war of starvation against us. It is a kind
of holocaust," said the official who asked for anonymity.
The Israeli occupation army tightly sealed the occupied territories
when the Aqsa intifada broke out more than three years ago.
Since then, Palestinian population centers have been reduced to
virtual detention camps, with Palestinians barred from traveling
outside their immediate population centers.
Israel has also been restricting foreign food aid to the
Palestinians, pushing many impoverished Palestinian families to the
edge of starvation.
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