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Gaza medical workers’ strike

Posted by uscsjp on September 8, 2008

Relatives Of Palestinian patients protested against the strike [GALLO/GETTY]

“Thousands of doctors in the Gaza Strip have gone on strike in protest at what they say was the politically motivated firing of at least 50 doctors and administrators by the Hamas-run health ministry.

Government employees, medical workers and teachers affiliated with Fatah are also participating in the strike, which began on Saturday.

‘Today we have begun a total strike in the government-run health sector in the Gaza Strip and there is good participation, with 70 per cent taking part,’ an official in the health workers’ union was quoted by the AFP news agency as saying.

A pro-Fatah workers union said the strike could continue until Tuesday.

Hamas downplayed the strike, saying the number participating was ‘very limited’ but has threatened strip doctors of their private practices if they did not show up at public hospitals.

Basim Naeem, Hamas’s health minister, said: ‘No one, no institution and no union will be allowed to sabotage the security of Gaza’s citizens. We will not let anyone mock the health security of our citizens.’

He threatened ‘the worst form of punishment’ for those who do.

‘Poisonous calls’

Hamas has also claimed the strikes are politically motivated and blamed the rival Fatah movement, which controls the Israeli-occupied West Bank…”
–Al Jazeera, Saturday, August 30, 2008

More coverage from Al Jazeera


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