The number of Palestinians in the occupied Gaza Strip denied exit permits by Israeli authorities on the basis of family ties to Hamas has soared this year, reported AFP.
According to data obtained by four human rights NGOs � Gisha, Adalah, Al Mezan and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel � in the first quarter of 2018 alone, 833 exit permit applications by residents of Gaza were denied by Israel on such grounds.
For comparison, Israeli authorities refused 21 applications on these grounds in all of 2017.
The NGOs slammed the Israeli government for using patients in need of medical treatment, including cancer patients, as pawns for political gain.
Denying patients access to medical treatment on the grounds that they have family relations to Hamas members is a breach of international law, and completely immoral.
Source: Palestine Chronicle