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Israeli occupation is behind deterioration of health conditions: UAE

posted on 17/05/2007: 745 views

Geneva - The UAE has blamed the deteriorating health conditions in the occupied Palestinian territories on the Israeli occupation and praised a World Health Organisation report for exposing the sufferings of the Palestinian people.

The WHO report asserted that the siege imposed on the Palestinian Authority had caused significant deterioration in the health infrastructure, which could develop into a full-fledged humanitarian tragedy.

Sheikha Najlaa Al Qasimi, First Secretary of the UAE Mission to the UN European Headquarters here, told a special meeting of the World Health Society that Israel's occupation was to blame for deterioration of health conditions in the occupied Palestinian territories, including Eastern Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights.

Delivering the UAE statement before the meeting, Al Qasimi credited the WHO report with highlighting the hurdles and obstacles imposed by the Israeli forces to block access of medical teams and ambulances to patients and to impede passage of patients to health care facilities.

"Medical records have indicated a surge in the number of deaths and injuries as a result of Israel's military activities in the occupied Palestinian territories. Psychological disorders, and diseases, both communicable and incommunicable, are on the rise due to ecological deterioration brought about by the establishment of the separating wall and settlements..," the UAE statement noted.

The UAE statement, however, deplored the WHO report's failure to highlight the miserable health conditions in Syria's Golan Heights where the local population would have access to basic health care only if they obtain Israeli identity. "This is a flagrant contravention of international accords," the statement said.

The statement further pointed out that Israel's refusal to let in a fact finding mission should have prompted the international community to denounce the Israeli intransigence and require the occupied forces to adhere to international resolutions and give the fact finding mission prompt access to the occupied Syrian territories to help redress the deteriorating health conditions there. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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