Palestinian boy from Gaza died after Israeli occupation denied him access to treatment in hospital outside the besieged coastal enclave, rights group said.
In a report issued on Sunday, Al-Mezan Human Rights Centre said that the Israeli occupation authorities had denied Ahmed Shubeir, 17, from Gaza, a permission to leave in order to receive life-saving medical treatment in an Israeli hospital.
The report noted that the youth did not get the permission to pass after he had “refused to serve as a collaborator for the Israeli occupation, a coercive measure regularly employed on Palestinian patients in need of permits.”
After being repeatedly denied permission by Israel to cross, despite securing a number of appointments at Israeli hospitals as his health declined, Ahmad died at approximately 4am on January 14.
Ahmad’s father told Al-Mezan that his son had been suffering from a congenital heart defect since birth. The father said that he accompanied Ahmad several times to Israeli hospitals, including Tel Hashomer Hospital, Schneider Children’s Medical Centre.
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He also said that he travelled with him to Al-Makassed Hospital in the occupied West Bank, and that Ahmad’s condition remained relatively stable throughout the treatment.
After Ahmad fell into a critical condition, his family applied for a travel permit in February 2016 with supporting medical documents attached.
According to the report, Israeli occupation responded to the request by attempting to blackmail and coerce Ahmad’s mother into cooperating in exchange for her child’s permit during an interview at the Erez Crossing.
Though she refused, the Israeli occupation ultimately allowed her and Ahmad to pass after being held several hours.
A subsequent permit request in September received no reply from the occupation, and after the family obtained a new hospital appointment, they applied again in October, again without reply. In November, the Israeli occupation authorities refused another permit application.
“The Israeli security services then summoned Ahmad for an interview at the crossing; during the interrogation, he was pressured to serve as a collaborator for the Israeli authorities in exchange for his permit. The child refused and was denied a permit,” Al-Mezan’s report said.
Finally, the family again obtained an appointment at a hospital for January 30, 2017, as Ahmad’s health continued to decline. He died two weeks before the appointment, and also without having the travel permit.