Gaza, ALRAY - Dozens of Palestinian ambulances in Gaza have marched in convoy to protest the Israeli occupation’s ban on the entry of medical equipment into the besieged enclave.
Organised by the Palestinian Ministry of Health, the convoy set off from Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip and marched towards Gaza’s eastern fence before gathering in the Malaka area east of Gaza City.
Ashraf al-Qidra, a spokesperson for the Health Ministry, said that the Israeli occupation has been blocking the entry of medical devices into Gaza’s hospitals for over a year, putting the lives of Palestinian patients at risk.
The Israeli occupation has also been barring Gaza’s patients from traveling for treatment aboard, al-Qidra explained in a press conference held following the protest.
He pointed out that the Israeli occupation has banned the entry of different diagnostic medical devices and spare parts to repair existing equipment.
Al-Qidra noted that 350 medical devices in Gaza’s hospitals had been taken out of service due to the lack of spare parts.