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Palestine: Cancer cases on rise after Israeli 22-day war on Gaza, six wounded & 382 arrested during Feb.

Cancer cases on rise after Israeli 22-day war on Gaza

Press TV

Gaza has witnessed a surge in the number of cancer patients as the Israeli regime’s use of banned weapons during the 22-day war in 2008-2009 continues to take its toll on the coastal enclave, Press TV reports.

“We have noticed an increase in the number of deformed babies after the war as well as a sharp increase in the number of cancer patients, especially among children and women,” Ayman Sahabani, a doctor at al-Shifa hospital in the Gaza Strip, told Press TV.

“The types of injuries during the Israeli bombings all showed that the weapons used were internationally banned and unconventional,” he added.

Norwegian doctors who volunteered in hospitals during the Israeli onslaught said some victims had traces of depleted uranium in their bodies.

According to reports, cancer cases usually emerge among the Gazans who lived in the areas that were heavily bombarded by the Israeli military during the deadly war.

“The area where I used to live was heavily bombarded in the war. About two years later, I started to have headaches and partially lost my eyesight. I was diagnosed with cancer,” said Samaher Ehlayer, a cancer patient.

Reports further indicated that nearly 30 percent of the agricultural land located in the eastern Gaza Strip also sustained heavy bombings during the Israeli war.

The 22-day Israeli war on Gaza took the lives of more than 1,400 Palestinians, mostly civilians, in the populated coastal strip and left thousands more injured. It also inflicted over USD 1.6 billion in damages on the territory’s economy.

Human rights groups have accused the Israeli regime of using Gaza as a testing ground for their weapons.

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Six Palestinians wounded in Gaza in IOF fire

GAZA, (PIC)– Three Palestinian people were wounded Friday morning, in the central Gaza Strip, as a result of IOF artillery fire while three others were wounded in the evening, in the northern Gaza Strip when IOF troops opened fire at them.

Dr. Ashraf al-Qudra, spokesman of the Health Ministry in Gaza, told PIC that IOF fired a number of artillery shells at farmers east of al-Buraij refugee camp, in the central Gaza Strip, wounding three of them.

He said that the wounded were taken to Shuhada Al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah and described their condition as moderate.

Dr. Qudra told PIC that three others were wounded Friday evening to the east of Abu Safeya neighbourhood near Beit Lahya in the northern Gaza Strip when IOF troops opened fire at them.

He added that the wounded were taken to Kamal Odwan hospital.

The IOF continues to breach the ceasefire agreed last November which was brokered by Egypt, wounding at least 80 Palestinians and killing four others.

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IOF arrests 382 Palestinians during February

GAZA, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation Forces (IOF) arrested during February 382 Palestinians from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, Palestinian human rights sources revealed.

Ahrar Center for Prisoners’ Studies and Human Rights reported, on Thursday, that the IOF arrested 382 Palestinians, including 10 women who were released earlier, in different parts of the occupied West Bank, and the Gaza Strip during February.

The center pointed out that 6 Palestinians from the Gaza strip were among the detainees, while the rest were arrested in the West Bank.

Ahrar Center also reported that 38 arrests took place at military roadblocks in different parts of the West Bank, two of them were arrested at the Beit Hanoun (Erez) checkpoint during their way for treatment.

Three other Palestinians were arrested at the Al-karama checkpoint, including the cartoonist Mohammad Saba’na.

The IOF have also launched a political arrest campaign against political leaders and figures in Hamas movement, including three elected MPs Ahmed Attoun, Hatem Qafisha, and Mohammed al-Tal.

The Ahrar Center pointed out that February has witnessed a sharp increase concerning arrest cases compared with the previous month, where 350 Palestinians were arrested in January.

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