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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Egypt bars doctors from entering Gaza Strip

When Israel bars its own and foreign reporters from entering Gaza for their own safety it's a cause celebre in every newspaper and website in the West. But when Egypt bars Egyptian and foreign doctors from entering the Strip, it's buried in an AP dispatch at the bottom of Haaretz's web page.

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Anesthesiologist Dimitrios Mognie from Greece idles his time at a cafe near the border, drinking tea and chatting with other doctors, aid workers and curious Egyptians.

"This is a shame," said Mognie, who decided to use his vacation time to try help Gazans. He thought entering through Egypt, which has a narrow border with the Hamas-ruled strip, was his best bet.

"That in 2009 they have people in need of help from a doctor and we can go to help and they won't let us; this is crazy," he added.

Gaza's few hospitals have been swamped by the numbers of injured; health officials there reported more than 550 Palestinians dead and 2,500 wounded, including 200 civilians, since Israel embarked upon its military campaign designed to stop Gaza's Islamic Hamas from launching rockets at Israel on December 27.

Mognie and a colleague, both part of the Greek organization Doctors for Peace, came to Rafah four days ago, loaded with instruments and medical supplies. Egyptian border guards turn them back daily.

Mognie, who said he has worked in conflict zones such as Iraq, Angola and Somalia, added that he understood worries over security but that he was willing to take the risk to help the people in Gaza.


Another physician at Rafah was obstetrician Jemilah Mahmood from Mercy Malaysia. She said her group worked with the Egyptian Red Crescent to bring around $100,000 worth of medical supplies to the border for transport to Gaza. And while equipment eventually got through, Mahmoud said neither she nor her colleagues are allowed to cross.

"Can you imagine how many women are hurt and how few women doctors there are?" she asked. "All of us are sitting at the border."
But the world only cares when Jews kill Muslims. If Muslims kill Muslims, it doesn't matter.


At 6:59 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

It should be noted Egypt shot and killed Palestinians trying to cross the border at Rafah at the beginning of the war and there was no world outcry over it. The world is obsessed with what Jews do to Muslims. If Muslims kill each other, its no big deal.


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